Hans H. Baerwald
Professor Emeritus and scholar of Japanese politics
Hans H. Baerwald was a professor in the Political Science Department at UCLA as well as an internationally renowned scholar of Japanese politics.
Born in Tokyo to a German businessman and his wife on June 18, 1927, Baerwald began a lifelong connection with Japan during his childhood, when he became fluent in Japanese while attending the American School in Japan. In 1940 the family immigrated to Berkeley, CA, He enrolled at UC Berkeley but left when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was posted to Government Section in Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo during the American occupation of Japan, participating in the political purge of Japanese leaders. He later wrote extensively about this tumultuous period.
After resuming his studies at UC Berkeley, he went on to receive his doctorate in political science, with a focus on Japan. He joined UCLA’s Department of Political Science in 1962. Among his many accomplishments, he directed UCLA’s Education Abroad Program Study Center in Tokyo.
He was a generous benefactor to the university, making donations to the political science department and many other campus areas. His gift to the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies established the Hans H. Baerwald Graduate Fellowship, which supports graduate students at UCLA who are studying in the Japanese Studies field.