Kristin Vekasi

Kristin Vekasi is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine.

For academic year 2020-2021, she is an associate at the US-Japan Program at Harvard University.

She received her PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in May 2014. Her research and teaching interests include international political economy, and the political economy of the Indo-Pacific. Her research examines the effects of political conflict risk on economic exchange and the varying strategies multinational firms use to mitigate those risks. Her book Risk Management Strategies of Japanese Companies in China: Political Crisis and Multinational Firms (Routledge 2019) examines these themes.

Dr. Vekasi is currently working on a project that examines the security and resiliency of supply chains in the Indo-Pacific, focusing on the interaction of Japanese and Chinese political and economic competition and cooperation in the region.

Kristin grew up in the national park service, living in Glacier National Park in Montana and Acadia National Park in Maine, attended New College of Florida as an undergraduate, and was a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan before beginning post-graduate studies.

Please contact Kristin Vekasi at kristin.vekasi (@)

On sabbatical academic year 2020-21. Please email Dr. Vekasi if you wish to make an appointment to meet.