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Aiji Tanaka, a professor of political science at Waseda University, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1951. He received B.A. in Political Science from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1975, and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, the USA, in 1985. After completion of his graduate work in the US, he went back to Japan to teach at Dohto University, Toyo Eiwa Women's University, and Aoyama Gakuin University. Then, he went back to his alma mater, Waseda University in 1998. While he has been teaching political science at Faculty of Political Science and Economics, he has served as Associate Dean of School of Political Science and Economics (2000-2002), Dean of Academic Affairs of Waseda University headquarter (2006-2010), and Senior Executive Director for Academic Affairs (i.e., equivalent to Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, directly below the First Executive Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs) of Waseda University (2010-2014). Dr.Tanaka is now serving as the Director of Global Education Center of Waseda University.
Dr. Tanaka has been doing research and teaching in the area of Voting Behavior and Public Opinion, and has been published articles on Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Behavior, International Political Science Review and other English and Japanese journals including Nenpo Seijigaku (the main Journal of the Japanese Political Science Association), Senkyo Kenkyu (the main Journal published by the Japanese Electoral Studies Association). His book chapters have appeared on books published from Cambridge University Press, the University of Tokyo Press, Iwanami Shoten and so forth.
Dr. Tanaka has also been actively serving to the academic community of political science, as he has served as the President of Japanese Electoral Studies Association, a member of the Executive Board of Japanese Political Science Association, and most recently the President of International Political Science Association (IPSA). He is known as the President of IPSA who led the Executive Committee of IPSA to a decision to relocate the venue of its World Congress from Istanbul, Turkey, to Poznan, Poland in 2016.