Maria Toyoda, Ph.D.
**Maria Toyoda** is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Suffolk University. Most of her career has been spent in areas of global engagement, and she is deeply committed to providing economic and political access and opportunities through higher education. Maria was a Social Science Research Council Abe Fellow, and as a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Tokyo, where she worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Maria was a research scholar at Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies (now the Freeman-Spogli Institute), the Asia/Pacific Research Center, and the Stanford Japan Center-Research in Kyoto. She also served as a program director, chair, associate dean and professor at Villanova University. She received her A.B. in Human Biology with Honors from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. with Distinction in Government from Georgetown University.
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