Professor dr. Chris Goto-Jones

curriculum vitae


1998-2002: University of Oxford, Doctor of Philosophy (Politics and International Relations).
Thesis Ideas at War: Nishida Kitarô and the Philosophical Context of the Co-Prosperity Sphere
1996-1998: University of Oxford, Master of Philosophy (Politics and International Relations) (with distinctions)
1993-1996: University of Cambridge, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Social and Political Sciences with Japanese Studies); Master of Arts (1999)

full appointments

2009-present: Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Political Thought, Leiden University
2011-present: Co-Founder and Director of the Political and Philosophical Arts Initiative, Leiden University
2007-present: Director
2009-2013: Founding Dean Leiden University College The Hague
2006-2012: Director of Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC), Leiden University
2006-2009: Professor of Modern Japan Studies, Leiden University
2005-2006: Associate Professor in the History of Ideas in Modern Japan, Leiden University
2003-2005: Lecturer in Modern History, University of Nottingham
2001: Founding director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Kent
2001-2003: Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of East Asia, University of Kent
1998-2000: Ministry of Education Visiting Researcher in Graduate School of Law, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan


2008: Awarded VICI grant of the NWO (Dutch Scientific Organisation)
2005-2010: Honorary Fellow, White Rose East Asia Centre, White Rose University Consortium (Leeds, Sheffield and York Universities)
2005-2010: Honorary Fellow, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
2005: Elected as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK)
2004: Awarded British Academy Research Grant
2004: Elected to the Royal Institute of Philosophy (UK)
2003-2008: Research Associate, Japan Research Centre, SOAS, University of London
2003-2006: Editorial board member, Global Society
2003-2004: Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Oxford
2003-2004: Consultant for University of Westminster ­ establishing new courses on Modern Japan
2003: Appointed as editor, Japan Forum (Journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies)
2003: Elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (UK)
2003: Won Daiwa Foundation/Japan Forum Prize 2003
2002-2005: Visiting Lecturer in Japanese Politics, SOAS, University of London
2002-2004: Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge and Nihon-Pembroke, Visiting Scholar in Modern Japan at University of Cambridge
2002: Awarded research grant from Japan Foundation Endowment Committee
2002: Awarded research grant from Toshiba International Foundation
2002: Awarded Grant from Japan Foundation
2002-2003: Appointed as reviews editor, Japan Forum
2001: Elected Fellow of the Anglo-Japanese Academy
2000: Awarded Sasakawa Foundation Scholarship
2000: Awarded Daiwa Foundation Research Award
1998: Monbusho (Ministry of Education) scholarship to Graduate School of Law, Keio University, Tokyo
1998: Awarded a Research Studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council
1998: Won Oxford University’s Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Thesis Prize

research interests

Chris Goto-Jones's main research interests revolve around questions of philosophy in Modern Japan, with a particular focus on issues in the history of political and ethical thought. He is not only interested in utilising these fields as tools for the understanding of Modern Japan itself, but he is also interested in the ways in which Japanese intellectual traditions can intersect, engage and enter into dialogue with Euro-American traditions of thought.

chris' publications

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"...As promised, this book is an excellent introduction to modern Japan. I found it succinct and informative when covering territory with which I was unfamiliar and accurate (if very brief) when delving into topics that I had previously explored in much greater depth. Succinct and enjoyable, an excellent resource even for those who already possess more than a passing familiarity modern Japan. I found it particularly elucidating on the subject of the lead-up to Japan's imperialist ambitions in Asia."

a reader's review of Chris Goto-Jones's Very Short Introduction to Modern Japan