Fields of Interest
My research interests comprise Japan’s foreign policy, International Relations Theory, East Asian Regionalism, East Asian Security, Human Security and Development, Contemporary Maritime Affairs in East/Southeast Asia, and Sino-Japanese Relations. I am presently working on a book manuscript entitled ‘Asia’s last frontier – Sino-Japanese competition in Myanmar’ that explores how Japanese policymakers have conceptualized their relationship with Myanmar in accordance with the constructed identity of Japan as Asia’s first democratic and developed state. I teach on International Relations and International Political Economy in the China, Korea, and Japan programs, as well as the BA and MA in International Studies.
PhD Sheffield University, UK. Dissertation title: “All at Sea? Japan’s response to the contemporary maritime security threats posed by infidels, pirates and barbarians” , Completed October 2006.
I am willing to supervise MA students on projects concerning the International Relations of East Asia, particularly those focusing on Japan and Sino-Japan relations. I welcome PhD projects on Japan’s foreign policy concerning East Asian regionalism, East Asian security, Human Security and Development, Contemporary Maritime Affairs in East/Southeast Asia, and Sino-Japanese Relations.
2002 – 2006
PhD Sheffield University, UK. Dissertation title: “All at Sea? Japan’s response to the contemporary maritime security threats posed by infidels, pirates and barbarians”
2001 – 2002
MA (Distinction) Sheffield University, International Political Economy 1995 – 1999
BA (Hons) Durham University, Combined Honours in Japanese and History
University Lecturer, International Relations of East Asia, Department of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies, Leiden University, 2007-present
Grants and Fellowships
Monbushō Scholarship, 2003–2005
Monbushō Scholarship, 1996–1997
Awards and Honors
Liam Holden Prize, Department of Politics, Sheffield University, 2002
Grants and Fellowships
- Taiwan Fellowship, Winter-Spring 2017
- Osaka Cross Appointment System, Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Autumn 2016
- JSPS-NWO Joint Seminar Grant, Summer 2013
- MEARC and LIAS research subsidy, Summer 2009
- Monbushō Scholarship, 2003–2005
- Monbushō Scholarship, 1996–1997
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