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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. I received a DPhil (Ph.D) in international relations from the University of Oxford in March 2021. Prior to joining Oxford, 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 and the creation of new states in my dissertation project. My regional focus is Southeast Asia and the Middle East. My other research projects include the resource curse, territorial order in early modern Japan, and people's perception of the geographical scope of Asia.


Key publications: 

  • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2020. “Colonial Origins of the Resource Curse: Endogenous Sovereignty and Authoritarianism in Brunei.” Democratization, 27(2), 224-242.
  • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2018. “Causes and Consequences of Third-Party Intervention in Disputes over History: Recognition of the Armenian Massacre as Genocide and Relations with Turkey.” World Political Science, 14(1), 101-122.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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