Laurie A. Freeman

Associate Professor

Office Hours

T/R 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - in person or via Zoom
And By Appointment

Office Location

Ellison 3718


Comparative Politics, Political Communication, Japanese Politics, Media and Politics

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996


Professor Freeman joined the department in 1996 after spending a year at Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Her current research interests concern comparative politics with an emphasis on the press and politics of Japan, and the role of the media in comparative perspective. Professor Freeman was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study the Internet and development of civil society in Japan in 2000-01, and is currently writing a book on information technology and democracy in comparative perspective.


Closing the Shop: Information Cartels and Japan's Mass Media, Princeton University Press, 2000.

"Media," in U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing World, Stephen Vogel, ed. (Brookings Institution Press, 2002).

"Mobilizing and Demobilizing the Japanese Public Sphere: Mass Media and the Internet in the Development of Civil Society in Japan," in The State of Civil Society in Japan, Frank J. Schwartz and Susan J. Pharr, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2003).


PS 105

Theories of Comparative Politics

PS 135

Government and the Politics of Japan

PS 171

Politics and Communication

PS 286

Seminar in Japanese Politics