Mr. Ellis S. Krauss - Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
Ellis S. Krauss was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1944 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, he entered Stanford University in 1964 and received his Doctorate in political science in 1973. Dr. 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 also 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.
Among many other roles in which he served, Professor Krauss looks back especially fondly on his five years as Director of the International Career Associates Program (now Global Leadership Institute) at UC San Diego, an executive education course for bureaucrats and economic experts of various countries, including Japan; and on helping these students develop as internationally-minded leaders. Many of Professor Krauss’ students at UC San Diego have gone on to succeed in the fields of Japanese politics and foreign affairs, notable among them John Nylin, Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Department of State; Dan Smith, Associate Professor of Japanese Politics at Harvard University; and Kuniaki Nemoto, Associate Professor of Japanese Politics at Musashi University, Japan.