I think that science proceeds best when diverse groups tackle wicked problems. I try to help create these groups in my own coauthorship network, through various community building endeavors, and in my work with various groups and institutions.
I enjoy building and strengthening scholarly communities related to my research interests. Since starting graduate school, I have organized 4 conferences, 7 mini-conferences, and over 80 seminars and workshops. I currently organize two community-building efforts. First, I am the founder and organizer of the Asian Online Political Science Seminar Series (AOPSSS). The series, motivated by the wave of conference and seminar cancellations in spring 2020, aims to provide researchers in Asia with an alternative forum to receive feedback on their work. Political scientists from across fields are welcome. Second, I'm a co-founder and co-organizer of the Japanese Politics Online Seminar Series (JPOSS), a virtual forum to present and discuss research-in-progress on questions related to Japanese politics, broadly defined. Please submit your work to AOPSSS or JPOSS!
My interest in developing research networks goes back several years, though. From Fall 2015 to Spring 2020, Holger Kern and I organized mini-conferences on the Politics of Authoritarian Regimes to coincide with the annual meetings of the Southern Political Science Association ( 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). From Fall 2016 to Spring 2020, Holger and I also organized the Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes (VWAR), which provided scholars of authoritarian regimes with an opportunity to receive feedback from multiple discussants on their research in progress. We held 43 session over four years.
non nobis solum nati sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici. - Cicero, On Duties.