Naosuke Mukoyama (Nao)

I am a DPhil (Ph.D) candidate in international relations at the University of Oxford 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 (especially oil) and the decolonization process of microstates in my dissertation project. My regional focus is Southeast Asia and the Middle East. My other research projects include third party intervention in the issues of history, people's perception on the geographical scope of Asia, and the territorial order in early modern Japan.