Left to right. PDG Jim Bright 6580 Vice Governor 2017-18 and 6580 Scholarship Chair.  Ray Klinginsmith Past Rotary International President 2010-11 and presenter at the ALL IN Conference with Kaz Fukuda. Kimberly Gray 6580 Rotary Foundation Team member and Foundation Alumni Chair. Peggy Peter 6580 Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Chair and 6580 District Chair for the ALL IN Conference.  Kazuo (Kaz) Fukuda Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholar pursuing a PhD in Law and Democracy at Indiana University. Judy Bush 6580 District Governor 2017-18

Kazuo (Kaz) Fukuda

Kaz was a presenter April 21, 2018 with Ray Klinginsmith at the ALL IN Conference.  They discussed how studying abroad through Rotary’s Global Grant Scholarship programs can change lives.


This introduction was from the May 2017 Bloomington Rotary Newsletter.

Kaz Fukuda is studying for a Ph.D at the IU Maurer School of Law. He has additional degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Purdue and has worked for years at the United Nations Development Program in Montenegro and Laos. His experience is with democratic governance, supporting the rule of law development and human rights protection. Among his many activities, he teaches Japanese at IU. His introduction to the Bloomington Rotary Club was through Jim Bright, in Japan, when Jim was on his way to the Seoul Rotary International conference. Kaz’s Rotary grant is sponsored by the Yokohama/Kawasaki and Southern Central Indiana clubs.

Kaz’s Ph.D, through the Center for Constitutional Democracy (CCD) at the Maurer School of Law, is perhaps the only program of its kind in the US with a focus on constitutional design for emerging democracies. The CCD was established by Susan and David Williams. Kaz’s dissertation explores the intersection between informal and formal justice systems around the world.

Kaz mentioned that his experiences in Bloomington have been greatly enhanced by the Rotary scholarship. In addition to the financial benefit, he has enjoyed networking, engaging with the community and is deeply grateful for the ways in which he and his family have been welcomed.


Below is a partial bio from the Indiana University Center for Constitutional Democracy listing of Fellows studying in Bloomington. 

Kazuo Fukuda, Ph.D. Fellow

Kazuo (Kaz) Fukuda is a Rotary Foundation’s Global Grant Scholar pursuing a PhD in Law and Democracy at Indiana University. After receiving an MA in Political Science from Purdue University in 2006 with particular focus on international law and human rights, Kaz started his professional career with the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., learning first-hand the importance of “soft power” in international relations, for 3 years.

Subsequently his career saw an important shift from bilateral work to multilateral work or from public diplomacy to international development cooperation. Over the past 6 years, Kaz worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Montenegro and Lao PDR where he was in charge of governance/rule of law projects.


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