Gento Kato

Assistant Professor, PSIR, Nazarbayev University; Postdoctoral Associate, CEAS, Yale University


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Welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University located in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Also, I am serving as a postdoctoral associate at the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. My research falls within the areas of Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Formal Modelling, and Quantitative Methodologies. Specifically, I am interested in the connection between political information and the mechanism of political decision-making and attitude formation. I received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis. I also received a M.A. in political science from Waseda University and a B.A. in politics from International Christian University, Tokyo. Prior to entering college, I grew up in Kobe, a port city located in Western Japan. My works have appeared in Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Japanese Journal of Political Science, among other peer-reviewed journals.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Annaka, Susumu and Gento Kato (2022) “Can a Constitutional Monarch Influence Democratic Preferences? The Regulation of Public Expression in Japan,” Social Science Quarterly. Joint first author. (Published online first April 27, 2022). {Article Link; Working paper (4/8/2021); Replication Files}

Annaka, Susumu, Junpei Suzuki, and Gento Kato (Forthcoming) “Universalist Social Benefit and Regressive Taxation as Determinants of Welfare State Support: Survey Experiment on Consumption Tax Hike in Japan,” The Annals of Japanese Political Science Association (Nenpo Seijigaku). In Japanese. {Replication Files}

Kato, Gento and Susumu Annnaka (2020) “Explaining ‘Twisted’ Preferences Toward Monetary Easing in Japan: Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Information Environment on the Relationship Between Ideology and Policy Preferences,” Japanese Journal of Electoral Studies (Senkyo Kenkyu), 36(2), 151-167. In Japanese. {Replication Files}

Kato, Gento (2020) “When Strategic Uninformed Abstention Improves Democratic Accountability,” Journal of Theoretical Politics, 32(3), 366-388. {Article Link; Online Appendix}

Kohno, Masaru, Gabriella R. Montinola, Matthew S. Winters, and Gento Kato (2021) “Donor Competition and Public Support for Foreign Aid Sanctions,” Political Research Quarterly, 74(1), 212-227. (Published online first February 17, 2020). {Article Link; Replication Files}

Collet, Christian and Gento Kato (2014) “Does NHK Make You Smarter (and Super News Make You ‘Softer’)? An Examination of Japanese Political Knowledge and the Potential Influence of TV News,” Japanese Journal of Political Science, 15(01), 23-50. {Article Link; Online Appendix}

Other Publications

Kato, Gento (Forthcoming) “Mutohaso to Sosharu Nettowaku Kankyo [Independents and Social Network Environments],” In Aiji Tanaka, Masahisa Endo, Norihiro Mimura, and Arata Yamazaki eds. Mutohaso no Kenkyu [Study of Independents in Japan] (temporal title), Tokyo: Yuhikaku. In Japanese. {Working paper (4/15/2021); Replication Files}

Working Projects


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