Ayumi Teraoka is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and a lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the fall of 2023. She earned her PhD from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she was also the A.B. Krongard fellow from 2021 to 2022. Her research focuses on coercive diplomacy, alliance politics in the Indo-Pacific, and Japanese foreign policy and national security. Her book project, based on her doctoral dissertation, examines the interactive effects of US alliance management efforts and China’s attempts to weaken US alliances from both historical and contemporary perspectives. In 2022, she was a World Politics and Statecraft Fellow with the Smith Richardson Foundation and from 2022 to 2023, an America in the World Consortium Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to Princeton, she worked as research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2013 to 2015 and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) from 2015 to 2017. She holds an MA in Public Affairs from Princeton University, an MA in Asian Studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in Law from Keio University. Her writing has appeared in The Japan Times, the Foreign Policy,The Diplomat, and the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs among others.