Grace Ruch is a Project Assistant at the East West Center in Washington, specializing in Japan, and US-Japan as well as broader US-Asia affairs. After conducting the research for the Japan Matters for America/America Matters for Japan publication, she remains involved in the Asia Matters for America initiative and regularly provides research and analysis for the project’s country-specific websites. In addition to contributing to this and other research projects, she also serves as public events coordinator and provides programmatic assistance to the Washington visiting fellow programs.
Ms. Ruch received her master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on Conflict and Conflict Resolution, and Asia from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in 2011. In Spring of 2010, she attended the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS) at Waseda University in Tokyo as an exchange student. In 2008 she earned a BA in East Asian Languages and Culture from Michigan State University, concentrating on Japan, as well as the history and politics of Northeast Asia.