Hiromi Akiyama is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Mason University, studying comparative disaster recovery. Her doctoral research focuses on how different governments approach post-disaster recovery, with an emphasis on the role of civil society and social capital. Her research interests also include state-society interactions, Sino-Japanese relations and East Asian politics.
A native of Japan, she holds a master's degree in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, and a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Soka University of America. In collaboration with the Ash Centerâ€™s Program on Crisis Leadership, Akiyama has been conducting research since the summer of 2012 on Japanâ€™s disaster response and recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.