Location: Bowdoin / Henry C. W. Laurence

Asian Studies

Henry C.W. Laurence

Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies

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Government And Legal Studies

38 College Street - 206

Teaching this semester

ASNS 1046/GOV 1026. Global Media and Politics

Examines the impact of media including the Internet, newspapers, and television, on politics and society in cross-national perspective. Asks how differences in the ownership and regulation of media affect how news is selected and presented, and looks at various forms of government censorship and commercial self-censorship. Also considers the role of the media and “pop culture” in creating national identities, perpetuating ethnic stereotypes, and providing regime legitimation; and explores the impact of satellite television and the Internet on rural societies and authoritarian governments.

ASNS 2320/GOV 2450. Japanese Politics and Society

Comprehensive overview of modern Japanese politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Analyzes the electoral dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nature of democratic politics, and the rise and fall of the economy. Other topics include the status of women and ethnic minorities, education, war guilt, nationalism, and the role of the media.


  • B.A. Oriel College, Oxford 1985
  • M.A. and Ph.D. Harvard University 1996

Henry Laurence is an associate professor of Government at Bowdoin College, Maine, U.S.A. where he has also served as director of the Asian Studies Program. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and a BA from Oriel College, Oxford University. In 2007-2008 he was a Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and a Senior Associate Member of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He has also been affiliated with the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Tokyo, and the U.S.-Japan Relations Program at Harvard University.

Dr. Laurence's current research is on media and politics in Britain, Japan, and the USA. He is working on a political history of public broadcasters including the BBC, NHK, PBS andhenry c. w. laurence NPR. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Digital Television and is the author of Money Rules: the New Politics of Finance in Britain and Japan (Cornell University Press 2001).

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