curriculum vitae

Motohide Saji
Graduate School of International Relations
International University of Japan
777 Kokusai-cho Minami Uonuma-shi
Niigata 949-7277
81.25.779.1111 (overseas)/025.779.1111 (domestic)

Employment/Administrative Experience

▸ Professor, April 2018-present. International University of Japan, Graduate School of International Relations.

▸ Associate Professor, January 2010-March 2018. International University of Japan, Graduate School of International Relations.

▸ Assistant Professor, September 2006-December 2009. International University of Japan, Graduate School of International Relations, International Peace Studies Program.

▸ Program Director, September 2020-present and September 2015-May 2016. International Relations Program, Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan.


Ph.D. in Political Science, The University of Chicago, December 2006.
Advisors: Patchen Markell (Chair), Charles Larmore, and Michael Forster


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

▸ "Kant on the experience of passivity." World Journal of Social Science Research 2, no. 2 (December 2015): 200-226

▸ "On the division between reason and unreason in Kant." Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences 32, no. 2 (June 2009): 201-223

▸ "Three aspects of the self-opacity of the empirical subject in Kant." Philosophy & Social Criticism 35, no. 3 (March 2009): 315-337 

▸ "On tensions in Kant’s account of reason in politics." Textual Practice 20, no. 4 (December 2006): 679-702

Refereed Book Chapters

▸ "To experience differently: on one strand of Kant's anthropology." Massimo Canevacci (ed.) Polyphonic Anthropology (InTech, 2012), pp. 57-80. 

▸ "On an East Asian community, or Kant's cosmopolitan right reconsidered." Nam-kook Kim (ed.) Globalization and Regional Integration in Europe and Asia (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 123-142.


The language of instruction: English

MA courses:

▸ Human Rights and Global Justice

▸ Global Civil Society

▸ Social Issues in Contemporary Japan

▸ Advanced seminar I, II, and III

PhD course:

▸ Advanced Study in Human Rights and Global Justice

Countries of origin of students: 

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, China (PRC), Congo DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (ROK), Kyrgyz, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine (Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority), Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Romania, San Tome and Principe, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tadzykistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Other activity:

▸ Special lecture for officials in the Myanmar Ministry of Border Affairs (February 2020; February, July, and November 2019; July and November 2018; July and November 2017)

▸ Special lecture for students from Meiji University and Rikkyo University in the English Program on International Cooperation (September 2013 and 2012)


▸ Paper presentation at the Democracy in Global Politics conference at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (December 2015).

▸ Paper presentation at the War and Peace in the Era of Globalization: Experiences from Europe and Asia conference, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (June 2007).

▸ Paper presentation at the Thinking the Present conference at University of California, Berkeley (May 2005).


Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research / Granting Agency: Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology / Research Title: Toward Cosmopolitanism in the Contemporary World: A Kantian View / Grant Number: 20730107 / Research Leader: Motohide Saji (solo) / Grant Period: FY 2008-2009 / Grant Amount for FY 2008: ¥910,000 (direct and indirect costs included); the same for FY 2009; Research Details and Results: