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Max Warrack

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PhD Candidate

For PO131 and other teaching related inquiries, please use my staff email address:

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Time: Tuesdays, 13:00-15:00

Location: Online through Microsoft Teams

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University of Edinburgh (2011) History M.A. with Honours, University of Sheffield (2012) Japanese Studies M.A.

I am interested in processes of security policy development, specifically, how perpetual processes of cultural formation can both help and hinder policy.

My research focuses on Japan’s security policy and the effect changing representations of the Japan Self-Defence Forces in popular culture have had on it, rehabilitating their image in a formerly antimilitarist society to enable security policymaking.

I have the N1 in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.


Pariahs to Paragons: A Cultural Analysis of the Japan Self-Defence Forces’ Rehabilitation


For the 2020/21 academic year I will be an associate tutor on the PO131: World Politics module.

Recipient of the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme scholarship.

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

Advice and Feedback Hours

Advice and Feedback are on Tuesdays between 13:00 and 15:00. They are held online through Microsoft Teams and available by appointment only. Book appointments using the booking form here.