Saori N. Katada is Associate Professor at School of International Relations at University of Southern California. She was an Asian Studies Fellow at the East West Center in Washington in 2015. Katada is the author of several books and numerous articles on trade, financial and monetary cooperation in East Asia and foreign aid. She has her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science) and B.A. from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo). Before joining USC, she served as a researcher at the World Bank in Washington D.C., and as International Program officer at the UNDP in Mexico City.