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Naosuke Mukoyama

Mr Naosuke Mukoyama

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
Natural resources and territorial sovereignty: The separate independence of oil-rich colonial areas
Degree course:
Curriculum vitae:

Research Themes:
Democracy and Democratisation History Nationalism Sovereignty Statebuilding 

Academic Profile

I am a DPhil student in International Relations at the DPIR and a member of St. Antony's College. Before coming to Oxford, I was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Predoctoral Research Fellow (DC1). I completed my LL.B. and MPhil in Political Science at the University of Tokyo.

The main theme of my research is to examine questions concerning sovereignty, state/nation-building, and colonial legacies from the intersecting perspectives of international relations and comparative politics. As part of this broader research agenda, I focus on the relationship between natural resources and the creation of new states in my dissertation project. My regional focus is Southeast Asia and the Middle East. My other research projects include the resource curse, territorial order in early modern Japan, and people's perception of the geographical scope of Asia.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Teaching interests 

  • International relations; Qualitative methods; Politics in the Middle East / Southeast Asia

Teaching experience

  • Tutorials at the University of Oxford: 214 International Relations, 211 Politics in the Middle East, 297 International Security and Conflict
  • TA at the University of Tokyo: IR Research Seminar, Modern Diplomacy, First Year Seminar



  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Predoctoral Research Fellow (DC1). 2017 (withdrawn in September 2017 to attend the University of Oxford). 

Research grants

  • Santander Academic Travel Award (1250 GBP). 2020.
  • ISA travel grant (400 USD) (Not claimed due to the cancellation of the conference). 2020.
  • Takanashi Foundation for Historical Science (1,000,000 JPY = approx. 6500 GBP). 2019-2020.
  • Cyril Foster Fund, DPIR, University of Oxford. (1000 GBP). 2019.
  • Royal Historical Society: Research Expenses for Postgraduate Students (300 GBP). 2018.
  • Suntory Foundation: Grant for Groundbreaking Young Researchers (1,000,000 JPY = approx. 6500 GBP). 2018-2019.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fellow (1,100,000 JPY = approx. 7150 GBP). 2018-2019.


  • Runner-up for Barbara Tuchman Award by ISA Historical International Relations Section. 2020.
  • Ishibashi Tanzan Young Researcher Award. Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Foundation. 2018.
  • JAIR Best Paper Award. The Japan Association of International Relations. 2017.
  • Runner-up for Showa Ikeda Essay Award. Showa Ikeda Memorial Foundation. 2015.
  • Runner-up for Ishibashi Tanzan Peace Award. Yamanashi Peace Museum. 2014.
  • Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation with United Nations University. 2013.


  • Sakaguchi International Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship for Japanese Graduate Students. 2019-2021.
  • KDDI Foundation: Scholarship for Japanese Graduate Students. 2019-2021.
  • DPIR Studentship. Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. 2017-2019.
  • Keidanren Graduate Student Scholarship. Keidanren Ishizaka Memorial Foundation. 2017-2019.
  • Fulbright Grant for Graduate Study. (declined to attend the University of Oxford) 2017.
  • Furuno Scholarship. Doumei Ikuseikai. 2015-2017.
  • Showa Ikeda Scholarship. Showa Ikeda Memorial Foundation. 2015-2016.
  • Keidanren Global Human Resource Development Scholarship. Keidanren Ishizaka Memorial Foundation. 2013-2014.


Peer-reviewed articles

Working papers

  • Mukoyama, Naosuke. “Natural resources and territorial sovereignty: The separate independence of oil- rich colonial areas.” Under review.
  • Mukoyama, Naosuke and Sayumi Miyano. “What do you mean by ‘Asia?’ Public Perception of the Geographical Boundaries of Regions.” Under review.
  • Mukoyama, Naosuke. “The Eastern cousin of European sovereign states?: Territoriality in early modern Japan.” Draft prepared for ISA 2020.

Publications in Japanese

  • Peer-reviewed articles
  • Book chapters
    • Mukoyama, Naosuke and Fumiya Uchikoshi. 2015. “Views of Japan and China in Southeast Asia: Two hidden fallacies in the Japanese society” in Sonoda, Shigeto eds., Renkei to Rihan no Higashi Asia (Cooperation and Alienation in East Asia). Keiso-shobo. pp.55-86.
    • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2013. “Beyond the devotion to study abroad: East Asia as an academic hub under the cooperation of Japan and Korea” in Kang, Sang-jung and Tadashi Kimiya eds., Nikkan Kankei no Mirai wo Kousou Suru (Planning the Future of Japan-Korea Relations). Shinkansha. pp. 238-260.
  • Book reviews
    • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2017. “Book review: Adria K. Lawrence, Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism.” Kokka Gakkai Zassi (The Journal of the Association of Political and Social Sciences), 130(9/10), pp.731-734.

Conference Papers and Presentations


  • Japan Association of International Relations. “Painting states in oil: The separate independence of resource-rich colonial areas. Online, October 24, 2020.
  • American Political Science Association. “Oil and Territorial Sovereignty: The Separate Independence of Colonial Areas.” Online, September 12, 2020.
  • British International Studies Association. “Natural resources in the age of colonization and decolonization: Oil’s unique role in the creation of new states.” New Castle, June 17-19, 2020. (Conference canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak)
  • International Studies Association. “Natural resources and territorial sovereignty: The separate independence of oil-rich colonial areas” and “The Eastern cousin of European sovereign states? Territoriality in early modern Japan.” Honolulu, March 26 and 27, 2020. (Conference canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak)
  • Japan Association for Comparative Politics. “Introducing New Perspectives through Historical Analysis: Resource Curse as an Example.” Tsukuba, June 29, 2019.
  • American Political Science Association. “Endogenous Sovereignty in the Resource Curse: The Separate Independence of Oil-rich Colonial Areas.” Boston, September 1, 2018.
  • Japan Association for Comparative Politics. “The Colonial Origins of the Resource Curse: Petro-Independence and Its Consequences.” Tokyo, June 18, 2017.

Departmental Talks/Workshops

  • IR Research Colloquium, University of Oxford. 2020.
  • IR DPhil Workshop, University of Oxford. 2018, 2020.
  • Nuffield DPhil Politics/IR Seminar, University of Oxford. 2018.
  • Southeast Asia Comparative Politics Research Group, Keio University. 2017.
  • Peking University – University of Tokyo Forum, Peking University. 2016.
  • Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 2016.
  • Princeton-UTokyo Young Scholars/Graduate Students Workshop, University of Tokyo. 2016