Department of Political Science


Dr Maki Kimura

Lecturer (Teaching) in Gender and Politics
Room: B.13, 29/30 Tavistock Square
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 PhD research, and completed my thesis – on the genealogy of the system of Japan’s military sexual slavery (‘comfort women’) in the Asia-Pacific region during the Second World War – at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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 advocating 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 interests are in the areas of gender and racial equality, and social justice. My PhD 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 PhD 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.


Journal articles
Book chapters
Other articles


The 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.