Otobe, Nobutaka

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Otobe, Nobutaka
Osaka University
Graduate School of Law and Politics
Job title
Associate Professor
Ph.D.(Johns Hopkins University)
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2017
Sep 2019
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ibaraki University
Apr 2016
Mar 2017
Associate Professor, College of Humanities, Ibaraki University
Apr 2014
Mar 2016
Lecturer (full-time), College of Humanities, Ibaraki University
Sep 2013
Mar 2014
Assistant Professor, College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University
Apr 2013
Sep 2013
Lecturer (part-time), College of Humanities, Mie University
Sep 2011
Mar 2013
Postgraduate Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University
Apr 2010
Mar 2013
Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Sep 2009
Dec 2009
Lecturer (part-time), Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University


Sep 2004
Mar 2010
Department of Political Science, Krieger School of Arts and Science, Johns Hopkins University
Apr 1999
Mar 2008
Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University

Published Papers

A Horizon of Political Philosophy
Otobe, Nobutaka
Contemporary Thought (Gendai Shiso)   45(21) 283-293   Nov 2017   [Invited]
Contesting Strands of Political Philosophy
Otobe, Nobutaka
NYX   4 204-219   Aug 2017
Otobe, Nobutaka
Japanese Journal of Political Thought   (16) 117-143   May 2016   [Invited]
What is Real in Political Theory? Political Realism’s Challenges
Otobe, Nobutaka
The Annuals of Japanese Political Science Association 2015-II   236-256   Dec 2015   [Refereed]
Otobe, Nobutaka
Ph.D. Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University   1-320   Apr 2013
OTOBE Nobutaka
Proceedings of the Kyoto American Studies Summer Seminar   2004 53-59   2004   [Invited]
OTOBE, Nobutaka
Japanese Journal of Political Thought   (3) 133-150   May 2003   [Refereed]

Books etc

Stupidity in Politics
Otobe, Nobutaka
Book manuscript under contract with Routledge   
Political Thought and Literature: Lectures
Shingoro Hotta and Terukazu Morikawa eds. (Part:Contributor, Chapter 6, "What is the Use of Novels for Political Theory?: Gustave Flaubert on Democracy")
Nakanishiya   Aug 2017   ISBN:9784779511912
Tetsuki Tamura, Masakazu Matsumoto, Nobutaka Otobe, Nozomu Yamazaki (Part:Joint Work)
Yuhikaku   Apr 2017   ISBN:4641150427
Political Science to Think from Principles
Otobe, Nobutaka (Part:Contributor, Chapter 1. "Democracy: Is Representative Democracy Democratic Enough?" [in Japanese])
Houritsu Bunka-shya   Feb 2016   ISBN:9784589037268
Politics in the Time of Post-Representation
Nozomu Yamazaki, Kei Yamamoto (Part:Contributor, Chapter 9. "Can We Represent Our Opinions?: Marx, Tocqueville, Flaubert, and the French Revolution of 1848" [in Japanese])
Nakanishiya   Mar 2015   ISBN:9784779509193

Conference Activities & Talks

System and Machine: Turns to Macro-Scale Analyses in Contemporary Democratic Theories
Otobe, Nobutaka
IPSA 25th World Congress of Political Science   24 Jul 2018   IPSA
Asian Political Enlightenment: an Alternative Project [Invited]
Otobe, Nobutaka
Global and Singular Asias: Theory and Practice   13 Oct 2017   Asia Theories Network
"Ecological Metaphors of the Political: Reconsidering the Imagery of Ship and Island in Political Theory" [Invited]
Otobe, Nobutaka
The Task of Ecocriticism in the Age of American Empire   26 Aug 2017   American Studies Institute, Seoul National University
Toward the Maturation of the Public? [Invited]
Otobe, Nobutaka
Critical Theory for the Global East and Global South: The University, Neoliberal Violence, and Practice   6 Mar 2017   
What is the “Maturation of Democracy”?: Democracy in Post-WWII Japan
Otobe, Nobutaka
Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association   2 Sep 2016   
Political Theory of Difference and Repetition: Dramatization of the Political
Otobe, Nobutaka
Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting   25 Mar 2016   
Democracy to Come, or Democracy of Becoming?: Multiple Temporalities of Democracy in Modern Japan [Invited]
Otobe, Nobutaka
Asia Theories International Symposium 2015   2 Oct 2015   
Dramatisation as a Method of Realist Political Theory
Otobe, Nobutaka
Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association   5 Sep 2015   
Otobe, Nobutaka
Annual Conference of Australian Political Studies Association   Sep 2014   
Two Forms of Political Realism: Weberian and Nietzschean Realisms
Otobe, Nobutaka
The 23rd World Congress of Political Science   Jul 2014   

Teaching Experience


Social Contribution

Book reviewer
[Contribution]  Shinano Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper  1 Apr 2018 - Today
Democracy (Guest Lecturer)
[Lecturer]  Temple University Japan Campus  Introduction to Political Philosophy  2014