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Misato Matsuoka


Associate Fellow

m dot matsuoka at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Misato Matsuoka is an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick since August 2015. Prior to that, she was an Early Career Fellow at the same institute. She submitted the PhD thesis on Sept 2014 which is entitled "Moving Beyond (Traditional) Alliance Theory?: a Neo-Gramscian Approach to the U.S.-Japan Alliance" supervised by Professor Christopher W. Hughes and Dr Dominic Kelly. Her thesis examines the US hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region by exploring the roles of the U.S.-Japan alliance through the neo-Gramscian lenses (i.e., common sense, organic intellectuals).

Prior to her doctoral studies at Warwick, she completed an MA in Global Studies and a BA at the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University (Japan). During the undergraduate years, she studied at the Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley for one year as an exchange student while interned as a research assistant at the Northeast Asia Team, Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at the United Nations (UN) during the postgraduate years.

Research Interests

In addition to her PhD thesis, she is currently involved in the project entitled "Informal Political Actors in East Asia, Russia and the Arab World" by examining the roles of academics in Japan in the context of the U.S.-Japan alliance and other research activities which cover the following topics:

・ International Relations (IR) theories

・ Political theories

・ Security studies

・ Japanese foreign policymaking

・ US foreign policymaking

・ Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific

・ Domestic politics in Japan

Awards and Scholarships

・ John Crump Studentship (Final-stage PhD scholarship), British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) (expected to submit an article for consideration to Japan Forum within twelve months of completing the dissertation) [2013]

・ Conference Funding, BAJS [Aug 2014]

・ Travel Grant for Junior Scholar, American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) [Oct 2014]

・ Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advance Study (IAS), University of Warwick [2014-2015]


Misato is a Module Director for PO384: East Asian Transformations: A Political Economy Perspective and also a Module Organisor for a MA module entitled "Global Governance and Japan" at the University of Sheffield. She was previously a seminar tutor for PO107: Introduction to Politics from October 2013 to July 2015.