Spring 2018 Decoration Conferred on Professor Ellis E. Krauss


On April 28, 2018, the Government of Japan announced the recipients of its Spring 2018 Decorations and within this Consulate General’s jurisdiction, Professor Ellis E. Krauss received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.


Professor Krauss was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He entered Stanford University and received his Doctorate in political science in 1973. Professor Krauss has since held professorships at Western Washington University, at the University of Pittsburgh, and at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego). After almost 20 years at UC San Diego, he retired with the title of Professor Emeritus in 2015. Professor Krauss has contributed to promoting academic exchange between Japan and the United States and improving the understanding of Japan in the United States for over 45 years.


One of the leading experts in Japanese politics and diplomacy, Professor Krauss has conducted extensive research and has written approximately 100 papers and books on these subjects. His research has been highly respected among his peers, and he has been published in the most prestigious political science journals in the world, including American Political Science Review and American Journal of Political Science. Professor Krauss has also authored or edited eight books. Professor Krauss has conducted research on Japan in comparative perspective at several top universities around the world, including Japan, the U.K., Germany, and Italy, and is currently working on a new co-authored book with German and American colleagues comparing Germany’s and Japan’s security policies under their postwar constitutions.


The Conferment Ceremony for Professor Krauss was held on September 27, 2018 at 2pm at the Atkinson Pavilion, the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club, UC San Diego and was attended by guests, including Professor Krauss’s colleagues, family and friends. After the Ceremony a reception was held, which was enjoyed by all the guests.