Steven K. Vogel is the Il Han New Professor of Asian Studies and a Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and Ph.D. in Political Science from Berkeley. Professor Vogel specializes in the political economy of the advanced industrialized nations, especially Japan. He is the author of Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry Are Reforming Japanese Capitalism (Cornell, 2006) and co-editor (with Naazneen Barma) of The Political Economy Reader: Markets as Institutions (Routledge, 2008). His earlier book, Freer Markets, More Rules: Regulatory Reform in Advanced Industrial Countries (Cornell, 1996), won the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize. His current book project, tentatively entitled Marketcraft, argues that markets need rules not simply to protect people and the environment from collateral damage, but also to function effectively in the first place.
Besides academics, Professor Vogel has been a columnist for Newsweek-Japan and the Asahi Shimbun and has written extensively for the popular press. He has also worked as a reporter for the Japan Times in Tokyo and as a freelance journalist in France.