John K. Yasuda

Portrait of John K. Yasuda

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University 2013-2015 CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow


John Yasuda was a 2013-2015 CSCC postdoctoral fellow. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on issues related to the authoritarian regulatory state, the political economy of development, and bureaucratic politics.  

He is the author of On Feeding the Masses: An Anatomy of Regulatory Failure in China (Cambridge University Press, 2017) which examines the regulatory politics involved in China's unrelenting food safety crisis.  The book argues that in order to understand China's governance failures, scholars, regulators, and consumers must take a deeper look at the challenges large-scale countries face (in terms of scale externalities, multilevel coordination challenges, and problem identification). He has also written on regulatory politics and development issues in aviation safety, environmental protection, fishery conservation, and financial regulation.  

He is published in Regulation and Governance, the China Quarterly, and the Journal of Politics. His current project focuses on China's untamed financial markets to address these pressing questions. He received his PhD in comparative politics from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an MPhil in comparative politics from the University of Oxford and a BA from Harvard College.