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Max Warrack

Max Warrack profile

PAIS Teaching Fellow in International Relations and Japanese Studies

PhD Candidate

For PO920, PO9B5 and other teaching related inquiries, please use my staff email address:

Advice and Feedback Hours:

Fridays 10:30 - 12:30

Location: In-person at Room E1.24; and online through Microsoft Teams

PGR email address:

University of Edinburgh (2011) History MA with Honours, University of Sheffield (2012) Japanese Studies MA

I am interested in processes of cultural militarisation and demilitarisation; and how actors try to engage with the zeitgeist to recalibrate it in support of their policies.

Examining manga representations of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, my PhD looks at how right-wing groups and the government have attempted to engage with and guide Japan’s zeitgeist away from a culture of antimilitarism to reinforce an emerging active security trajectory.

Recipient of Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence 2021 PGRLink opens in a new window

Associate Fellow of Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

N1 in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Recipient of the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme scholarship

Recipient of the British Association for Japan Studies John Crump Studentship

Additional financial support for fieldwork is provided by the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee


Pariahs to Paragons: The Japan Self-Defense Force's Rehabilitation in Manga and Japan's Remilitarisation


For the 2021/22 academic year, I am the module director for PO920: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and PO9B5: East Asian Development Policies; and the course director for the International Politics and East Asia MA.

In addition, I am the coordinator of the East Asia Study Group; a PAIS research and study group.

Advice and Feedback Hours

Advice and Feedback is available on Fridays between 10:30 and 12:30. They can be held in-person in my office (E1.24) or online through Microsoft Teams. They are available by appointment only. Appointments are arranged through the booking form here. Please remember to specify whether you would prefer an in-person or online Advice and Feedback session.