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Max Warrack

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Teaching Fellow in International Relations and East Asian Studies

Course Director of the International Politics and East Asia MA

Coordinator of MA Student Experience and Progression (MA CSEP)

Coordinator of the University of Warwick East Asia Study Group (EASG)

For teaching-related inquiries, please use my staff email address:

For student experience and progression-related inquires, please use the MA CSEP resource email address:

For EASG-related inquires, please use the EASG resource email address:

Advice and Feedback Hours:

Fridays 10:30 - 12:30

MA CSEP Drop-in:

Wednesdays 14:00 - 15:00

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

University of Warwick (2023) Politics and International Studies PhD; University of Sheffield (2012) Japanese Studies MA; and University of Edinburgh (2011) History MA with Honours

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 looked at processes of cultural remilitarisation in Japan, focusing specifically on manga, arguing they have enabled Japan's post-Cold War security reform.

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


Japan's Cultural Remilitarisation: Gendered Representations of the Japan Self-Defense Force in Manga


For the 2023/24 academic year, I am the Course Director for the International Politics and East Asia MA, and am the convenor for two-related MA modules: PO920: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and PO9B5: East Asian Development Policies. I am also a seminar tutor for the undergraduate first-year module PO131: World Politics.

Administrative Duties

I am a Coordinator for MA Student Experience and Progression (MA CSEP).

In addition, I am the Coordinator of the East Asia Study Group (EASG)Link opens in a new window; a PAIS research and study group.

Advice and Feedback Hours

Advice and Feedback is available on Wednesdays between 14:00 and 15:00; and Fridays between 10:30 and 11:30. 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.