Yuhki Tajima

Yuhki Tajima
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Yuhki Tajima (PhD Harvard, MPA/ID Harvard, BA Swarthmore) is Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program.  He has authored a book entitled The Institutional Origins of Communal Violence: Indonesia’s Transition from Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and has authored articles in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of East Asian Studies, and The World Bank Indonesian Social Development Papers.

His research examines communal violence, insurgencies, post-war societies, criminal gangs, and the political economy of development using qualitative (extensive fieldwork) and quantitative (experimental and quasiexperimental) methods.  His work has been supported by The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action, The Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, and The Pacific Rim Research Program.

Dr. Tajima was previously Assistant Professor of Political Science at The University of California, Riverside and an Order, Conflict, and Violence Fellow at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International Affairs.  He has consulted extensively with the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme and was a researcher at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.  He holds a PhD in Public Policy and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University and a BA in Physics from Swarthmore College.

Areas of Expertise: Political violence, Political economy of development, Ethnic conflict, Post-conflict societies, Criminal gangs, Indonesia

  • PhD (2009) Harvard University, Public Policy
  • MPA/ID (2003) Harvard University, International Development
  • BA (1999) Swarthmore College, Physics


The Institutional Origins of Communal Violence: Indonesia’s Transition from Authoritarian Rule.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2014).

“The Institutional Basis of Intercommunal Order: Evidence from Indonesia’s Democratic Transition.” American Journal of Political Science 57(1). 2013.

“Understanding the Livelihoods of Former Insurgents: Aceh, Indonesia.”  Indonesian Social Development Papers 17.  Jakarta: World Bank (2011).

“Explaining Ethnic Violence in Indonesia: Demilitarizing Domestic Security.”  Journal of East Asian Studies 8 (2008), 451-472.

“Mobilizing for Violence: The Escalation and Limitation of Identity Conflicts.”  Indonesian Social Development Papers 3.  Jakarta: World Bank (2004)