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Timothy Fraser

Doctoral Student

Timothy Fraser is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in Public Policy and Comparative Politics. He uses mixed methods to study how social ties affect energy policy, disaster recovery, and civil society, drawing on GIS, network analysis, statistical modeling, and fieldwork. He has co-authored 7 articles on disaster social science and energy policy.

He has served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Comparative Politics, American Political Thought, Sexuality, Gender, and the Law, and Disasters and Recovery in Japan.

Timothy has strong interests in social capital and social equity in disaster recovery and energy policy. His current work examines disaster evacuation routes, how communities use renewable power to build back better after disaster, and how social ties affect renewable power deployment. His past work measured the veto power of key local actors in Japanese nuclear politics and community impacts of renewable power plant siting.


Originally from rural western Pennsylvania, Timothy is especially interested in urban-rural issues. Timothy received his BA in International and Global Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont. He spent five years training in Japanese language and nearly two years in the field interviewing Japanese citizens, activists, and policymakers about controversial energy projects in their community. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, he researched contentious politics about nuclear reactors and solar power plants in Japan on a 2016 Fulbright Fellowship at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. He enjoys maps and network visualizations and learning foreign languages.


Timothy Fraser and Daniel P. Aldrich. 2019. East Asia’s Nuclear Policies: Fukushima Effect or a Nuclear Renaissance? Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs.https://issuu.com/georgetownsfs/docs/gjaa_vol.4_no.2/65

Lee, Juheon & Fraser, Timothy. 2018. How do disasters affect individuals’ social ties? The impacts of disaster experiences and the perceived risks of disasters on participation in voluntary associations. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.11.009

Daniel P. Aldrich, Courtney Page-Tan, and Timothy Fraser. 2018. A Janus Faced Resource: Social Capital and Resilience Trade-offs.International Risk Governance Council Resource Guide,vol 2. https://irgc.epfl.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Aldrich-et-al-for-IRGC-Resilience-Guide-Vol-2-2018.pdf

Chapman, Andrew, and Timothy Fraser. 2018. Japan’s Mega Solar Boom: Quantifying Social Equity Expectations and Realities at the Local Scale. Sustainability Science.https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0613-y 

Timothy Fraser and Andrew Chapman. 2018. Social Equity Impacts in Japan’s Mega Solar Siting Process. Energy for Sustainable Development 42, 136-151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esd.2017.11.002

Daniel P. Aldrich and Timothy Fraser. 2017. All Politics is Local: Judicial and Electoral Institutions’ Role in Japan’s Nuclear Restarts. Pacific Affairs90, no. 3, 433-457. http://dx.doi.org/10.5509/2017903433

Chapman, Andrew, Timothy Fraser, and Kenshi Itaoka. 2017. Hydrogen Import Pathway Comparison Framework incorporating Cost and Social Preference: Case studies from Australia to Japan. International Journal of Energy Research41, no. 14, 2374-2391. https://doi.org/10.1002/er.3807


Conference Presentations

“Restarting the Sendai Reactor: Japanese Civic Activism after Fukushima.” Presented at the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Thesis in Dialogue Conference at Middlebury College, February 24, 2017.


Degree earned and institution:

BA, International & Global Studies, Middlebury College

Research Interests: Energy Policy, Disaster Recovery, Japanese Politics, Civil Society, Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics

Contact info:
960A Renaissance Park


Curriculum Vitae