I’m Rob Fahey. I’m a Researcher at the Waseda Institute of Political Economy (WINPEC) in Tokyo, working on contemporary politics and political communication, and a Visiting Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan, where I teach courses on data management and analysis.

My research focuses on populism and polarisation, and the influence of conspiracy theories on political behaviour, with a particular focus on the role of social networks. I also have academic interests in machine learning and natural language processing, and their application to political science research, and in the politics of gender and sexuality.

I received my PhD in Political Science from Waseda University – my thesis was a study of party control and polarisation in Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party during the 2012-2020 Abe Administration – and did my undergraduate studies (BA Japanese) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

I’m a co-founder and director of Tokyo Review, a non-profit publishing platform for young researchers and writers working on topics related to Japan’s politics, economy, society or business. You can find all the pieces I’ve personally written for the site on this page.