Kimie Hara is the Renison Research Professor in East Asian Studies at the University of Waterloo. She holds cross-appointments in the departments of History and Political Science, and is the Director of East Asian Studies at Renison University College.  She received her Ph.D. from Australian National University, and specializes in contemporary international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, border studies, Cold War history, and Japanese politics and diplomacy.

Her recent works examine the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty with Japan and its contemporary implications; Japan’s territorial problems; regional cooperation and conflict resolution; and the shifting regional order in East Asia. Her books include Cold War Frontiers in the Asia-Pacific: Divided Territories in the San Francisco System (2007, 2012), ‘Zaigai’ nihonjin kenkyu-sha ga mita nihon gaiko (Japanese Diplomacy through the Eyes of Japanese Scholars Overseas - Present, Past and Future, 2009), Northern Territories, Asia-Pacific Regional Conflicts and the Åland Experience: Untying the Kurillian Knot, (2009, with Geoffrey Jukes), and Japanese-Soviet/Russian Relations since 1945: A Difficult Peace (1998). She has also published journal articles and book chapters on topics relating to international politics and regional conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region.

She has held visiting fellowships and professorships at Kyoto University, the University of Tokyo, the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, the International Institute for Asian Studies/the University of Amsterdam, the East-West Center, Stockholm University, and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science. Her recent research projects have been funded by grants from: the Japan Foundation, Matsushita International Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Japan); the Social Science Research Council (USA); the Northeast Asia History Foundation (South Korea); the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Foundation, the University of Waterloo, and CIGI.

She is currently leading a collaborative research project on East Asia-Arctic relations.