TAMADA Yoshifumi is a Japanese political scientist who is Professor in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University. His field of research is area studies in Thailand. He is also the Chairman of the Thai Society, and Director of the Southeast Asian Society, the Asian Political Science Society and the Comparative Political Science Society. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, Kyoto University, in 1981, and completed an MA in Comparative Politics at the Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University, in 1983. He began his career in 1987 as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law and Literature, Ehime University, and later served as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies at Kyoto University from 1998 before taking on his current position in 2005.