Joseph Pozsgai-Alvarez
Assistant Professor - Political Science and Corruption Studies

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.

November 2018 – January 2019

Visiting Research Fellow
Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University, (Nagoya-Japan)

Research project: “The Social Origin of Corruption”.

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 2009

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

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

Academic Papers (Peer-Reviewed Journals)
Books & Chapters
Other Publications
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2020. “Editorial foreword,” Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center Journal, Vol. 2020, No. 1. DOI: 10.5339/rolacc.2020.1.
Conferences, Seminars, Lectures, etc.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “The Abuse of Entrusted Power for Private Gain: Meaning, Nature and Theoretical Evolution.” Presentation at the General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) held at the University of Wrocław, Poland, September 4-7, 2019.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Sociopolitical norms, awareness and responses to incentives.” Presentation at the “4th Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum” held by the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, June 13-14, 2019.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Population Density and Corruption Tolerance in Latin America.” Presentation at the “International Workshop on Data-Intensive Urban Studies” held by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University, March 2, 2019.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Corruption as a Process of Political and Social Cognition.” Colloquium at the Center for Experimental Research in Social Sciences (CERSS) of Hokkaido University, December 20, 2018.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Corruption as a Process of Political and Social Cognition.” Seminar at the Graduate School of International Development (GSID) of Nagoya University, December 4, 2018.
  • Yusuke Murakami & Joseph Pozsgai. “Valores democráticos en el Perú” (“Democratic Values in Peru”). Presentation at the “8th International Conference of the Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania (CELAO)” in Macau, November 10, 2018.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “The Quest for a Unified Theory of Corruption.” Presentation at the Seminar “Cross-regional Comparative Studies and Informatics in Asia Pacific Era” held by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University, March 18, 2018.
  • European Consortium for Political Research’s (ECPR) (Anti-)Corruption and Integrity. Member of the Steering Committee since September 2019.
  • European Consortium for Political Research’s (ECPR) Political Culture Research Network. Regular member since April 2018.
  • Japan Association for Latin American Studies. Regular member since October 2014.

Contact Information

Personal Skills




Creation, coordination and expansion of national and international professional networks.

Organisational skills

Organisation and coordination of inter-institutional activities and high-level meetings with national and international counterparts.

Project management

Management of short, medium, and long-term projects.

Measurement tools

Command of measurement strategies and data processing tasks using Stata software.

Anti-bribery management systems

Knowledge of anti-bribery management systems (e.g. ISO 37001).


Mentoring of undergraduate and master's students in regards to their thesis projects and other academic activities.