NAKAMIZO Kazuya is Professor in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University. He specializes in contemporary Indian politics, South Asian area studies, political science and international political science. He was born in Fukuoka Prefecture and received a Doctor of Law from the University of Tokyo. His research explores the possibilities for democracy in terms of solving poverty and violence. He has focused on Indian politics, largely within a theoretical framework, especially on the state of Bihar known for widespread poverty and violence.