Kristi Govella is an Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She specializes in international relations and comparative politics in Asia, with a particular focus on Japan. Her current research examines topics such as economics-security linkages, regional institutions, trade agreements, foreign investment, maritime security, outer space, and cyberspace. Her publications include Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States (2012). Prior to joining the University of Hawaiʻi, Dr. Govella was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and an associate professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.