Dr. Joseph Pozsgai-Alvarez is Peruvian a political scientist specialized in anti-corruption and public integrity, founder of the Japan Network of Anti-Corruption Researchers (JANAR), and Steering Committee member of the Standing Group on (Anti-)Corruption and Integrity of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR).

He started his career, fresh out of college, as an intern at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru, where he joined the taskforce in charge of developing corruption prevention policies of mandatory application at the national level.

He was awarded the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship from 2010 and earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Tsukuba in 2016. Drawing from earlier experiences, he dedicated his Master’s in International Area Studies and Doctorate in International Public Policies to the research of social and political patterns that sustain corruption in developing countries.

Since 2016, Dr. Pozsgai has worked at the University of Tsukuba and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University, before joining the Human Sciences All-English Undergraduate Programme in 2021.

Research Interests

Dr. Pozsgai is passionate about all forms of research and professional activity related to fighting corruption around the world, including such topics as abuse of power, access to public information, compliance and ethics training, clientelism, conflict of interests, nepotism, due diligence, electoral fraud, regulatory capture, ethics / morality / integrity, and many others.

His core research interest has pushed him to become familiar with fields of science beyond politics, such as social psychology, organizational studies, and machine learning, and he often participates in research projects that combine them. He often adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the topic he explores, as he believes that there is always something to be gained by getting different sources of expertise involved.


  • Globalization Studies
  • Political Economy
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Statistics for Social Research
  • East Asian Politics
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Global Citizenship
  • Quantitative Research Methods