Department of Political Science


Dr Maki Kimura

Lecturer (Teaching) in Gender and Politics
Room: 3.07, 29/30 Tavistock Sq.
Email: maki.kimura@ucl.ac.uk

I obtained a BA and MA in Political Science from Waseda University, Japan. I moved to the UK to undertake my Ph. D. research, and completed my thesis at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on the genealogy of the system of Japan’s military sexual slavery (‘comfort women’) in the Asia-Pacific region during the Second World War.

Before joining UCL, I taught in various universities, and also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of East London and the Open University, conducting higher education research projects on equality and diversity. In support of creating open educational opportunities and promoting social justice, I continue to work as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University. 

Committed to advocate intersectional gender equality, peace and anti-militarism, I work actively in and with various civil society organisations contributing to policy development and intervention as well as producing educational materials in this area at national and international level.


My broad research interest are in the areas of gender and racial equality, and social justice. My Ph.D. research on Japan’s military sexual slavery highlighted the importance of a gendered analysis of war and conflict focusing on the voices of victim-survivors of sexual violence. It also addressed this system in the wider context of modernity, where the intersectional oppressions of gender, race, class, colonialism and militarism are formed. 

Building on my Ph.D. research, I am currently undertaking a research study on ‘War memorials: embodying traumatic pasts and constructing memories of war’, funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, exploring how ‘affect’ and emotion are mobilised to form and legitimise contemporary political identities. 

I am also a member of the research network ‘Transforming values: gender, secularities and religiosities across the globe’ funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden exploring the relationship between religiosity/secularity and gender inequality and violence across the globe.



  • Kimura, M (2016) Unfolding the ‘Comfort Women’ Debates: Modernity, Violence and Women’s Voices, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal articles:

  • Kimura, M. (2014) ‘Performativity and Subjectification in the Changing Culture of Higher Education’ British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol.35, no.4
  • Kimura, M. (2008) ‘Narrative as a site of subject construction: through the “Comfort Women” Debate’ Feminist Theory, vol.9, no.1

Chapters in books:

  • Kimura, M (2021) ‘Feminist Response to Sexual Slavery’ in Andrea Germer and Ulrike Wöhr (eds.) Handbook of Feminisms in Japan,  MHM Limited, Tokyo (forthcoming)
  • Kimura, M. (2021) ‘Geo-spatial politics of intersectionality: Global and national policy development on women, peace and security’ in Biele Mefebue, A.V., Bührmann, A.D. and Grenz, S. (eds.) Handbook of Intersectionality/Handbuch Intersektionalität, Wiesbaden; Springer. (forthcoming)
  • Kimura, M. (2021) in ‘War Memorials: Embodying Traumatic Pasts and Constructing Memories of the Asia-Pacific War’ in Mark S. Micale and Hans Pols (eds.) Trauma in History: Asian Perspectives, Oxford, New York: Berghahn (forthcoming)
  • Kimura, M. (2019) ‘Reflections on commemorating women’s activism of the early 20th century: suffrage, peace, transnationalism and diversity’ in Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (ed.) Women Vote Peace: Zurich Congress 1919 to Zurich 2019, Norderstedt: BOD
  • Kimura, M. (2014) ‘All Women Shortlists in the UK Labour Party’ in Miura, M. and Eto, M. (2014) Gender Quotas in Comparative Perspectives: Understanding the Increase in Women Representatives, Tokyo: Akashi Shobo (in Japanese)   
  • Kimura, M. (2012) ‘Citizenship and University: university as a space for enacting citizenship’ in Pykett, J. (ed.) (2012), Governing through Pedagogy: Re-educating Citizens, London: Routledge

Newspapers/online articles:

  • Gender and Politics modules I teach aim to challenge the Eurocentric and male dominated understanding and practice of politics.
  • By critically engaging with the politics of knowledge production, these modules seek to equip students with critical thinking abilities.