Joseph Pozsgai-Alvarez
Doctor in Political Science

Dr. Joseph Pozsgai is Program-Specific Assistant Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University (Japan). For the past decade he has been involved in policy research and practice, focusing on corruption tolerance and the political characteristics of national anti-corruption reforms. Currently, Dr. Pozsgai is engaged in the development of the Daily Corruption: News Feed & Data Base project ( in partnership with various NGOs in Latin America, as well as related research activities.

Work Experiece

June 2018 – Present

Program-Specific Assistant Professor
Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CEAS), Kyoto University, (Kyoto-Japan)

Research activities on corruption and institutions in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

May 2017 – May 2018

International Associate
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Coordination with partner universities in Latin America for the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Human Capital Development Program. This Program is part of the Inter-University Exchange Project for achieving a global education and contributing toward global peace, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

September 2016 - Present

Daily Corruption Project Team

Created the Daily Corruption: News Feed & Database project, which aims to provide daily, readily processed, and immediately available qualitative and quantitative data on a number of variables concerning ongoing corruption cases, based on the daily input of data logs of events as communicated by the main media outlets of the countries covered.

April 2016 – March 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Research divided in two lines of inquiry:

  1. The political characteristics of international anti-corruption commissions in Central America’s Northern Triangle.
  2. The design and implementation of an international qualitative and quantitative database of corruption and anti-corruption news, later known as the Daily Corruption Project.

January 2010 – March 2010

External Consultant
Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru (Lima-Peru)
  1. Produced the Executive Report on the Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Anti-Corruption
  2. Produced the Annual Report on the Progress of Implementation of Measures against Corruption.

May 2009 – December 2009

Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru (Lima-Peru)
  1. Supported the production of the Guidelines for the Reporting on Requests of Access to Information
    (RM 301-2009-PCM) and the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Standard Website of
    Transparency in Public Agencies (DS 063-2010-PCM).
  2. Supported the training of public servants on the areas of public ethics, transparency, access to public information, and citizen monitoring.

April 2013 – March 2016

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Doctoral Program in International Public Policy.

Dissertation title: Anti-Corruption Demands and Government’s Defense: The Case of Peru, 2000-2014.

April 2011 – March 2013

Master of Arts in International Studies
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Masters Program in International Area Studies.

Thesis title: Citizens’ Corruption Tolerance in Peru: A Behavioral Approach“.

March 2003 – May 2008

Bachelor’s degree in Political Science
National University of San Marcos (Lima-Peru)

Political institutions, Latin American politics, law, political analysis, research methodology, etc.

Papers (Peer-Reviewed Journals)
Other Publications