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David Ochsner (primary)
512 475 9712

Rachel Griess (primary)
512 471 2689

Patricia Maclachlan

Associate Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Phone: +1 512 232 1724

Patricia Maclachlan, who arrived at UT in 1997, is associate professor of government and Asian studies and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Professor of Japanese Studies. She received her Ph.D in political science and Japan studies in 1996 from Columbia University and spent one year as a research associate in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University. Maclachlan teaches courses on Japanese politics and foreign policy, East Asian political economies, and the international relations of the Asia Pacific.

Professor Maclachlan is the author of The People's Post Office: The History and Politics of the Japanese Postal System, 1871-2010 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2011); Consumer Politics in Postwar Japan: The Institutional Boundaries of Citizen Advocacy (Columbia University Press, 2002); and a co-editor of and contributing author to The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West (Cornell University Press, 2006). She has also written several articles and book chapters on consumer-related issues in Japan and the West, Japanese civil society, and on Japanese postal reform.


Consumerism in advanced industrial democracies, with a focus on Japan; the reform of the Japanese postal system and the political power of the commissioned postmasters, Comparative politics, Japanese politics and society, international relations of the Asia Pacific.