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David M. Malitz

David M. Malitz
Modern History of Japan and Thailand, Global Studies
Since September 2021

David M. Malitz joined the DIJ as Senior Research Fellow in September 2021. He obtained a dual master’s degree in Business Administration and Japanese Studies from the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg and a doctoral degree in Japanese Studies from Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich. He conducted his doctoral research on the history of Japanese-Thai relations at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies with a JSPS fellowship and at Thammasat and Chulalongkorn Universities in Bangkok. In between he briefly worked in finance in London and Düsseldorf.

From January 2015 to July 2021 David held teaching positions in Bangkok, first in Business Administration at Assumption University, since 2017 in Global Studies at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Arts. In Bangkok, David pursued research on Japanese-Thai relations and the modern history of Thailand.

At the DIJ, David is working on the projects ‘Health Diplomacy and Transnational Health Infrastructures in the Mekong-Region’ and ‘Japanese-Thai Relations: Past, Present, and Future’.

Current DIJ Projects

Health Diplomacy and Transnational Health Infrastructures in the Mekong-Region

Japanese-Thai Relations: Past, Present, and Future

Recent Publications

Malitz, David M. (2024). "Beyond the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: Taking Stock of Thailand-Japan Relations". In: Singh, Daljit, Hoang, Thi Ha & Hae Won, Cha (Eds.), Southeast Asian Affairs 2024 (pp. 325-340). ISEAS. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2024). "Japan for Example – National Character as the Driving Force of National Progress in Thai Conservative Writings about Japan". Manusya: Journal of Humanities, 26 (pp. 1-15). LINK
Malitz, David M. (February 1, 2024). "Karl who? – Haushofer, Japan and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific". TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2023). "Guardians of the international order". IPG Journal: Journal für Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2023). "Nicht nur Öl und Sicherheit". IPG Journal: Journal für Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft. LINK
Malitz, David M. (October 16, 2023). "Roboterkatze, Tuk-Tuks und Verfassungen: Aspekte der japanisch-thailändischen Beziehungen". Max Weber Stiftung Themenportal. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2023). "Royal and Imperial Connections : Japanese Influence at the Court of Bangkok and on the Siamese/Thai Monarchy". 世界の日本研究 / Japanese Studies around the World, 2022 (pp. 33-48). LINK
Malitz, David M. (2023). "Introduction: Shinzo Abe’s Legacy for the Future of Japanese-Southeast Asian Relations". Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, 34. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2023). "Japanese-Thai Relations through Two Coups: Back to Business". Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, 34. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2022). "Shinkoku: Reconsidering the Concept of Sentient Landscapes from Japan". In: Coțofană, Alexandra & Kuran, Hikmet (Eds.), Sentient Ecologis: Xenophobic Imaginaries of Landscape (pp. 160-185). Berghahn. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2022). "‘What Is Good about the Japanese System of Governance?’ – The Reception of Imperial Japanese Parliamentarism in Siamese/Thai Political Thought (1880s–1940s)". The International History Review. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2022). "A Long-Term View of Thai Nationalisms: From Royal to Civic Nationalism?". ASIEN, 164/165 (pp. 22-47). LINK
Malitz, David M. (2022). Strong Public Support for the Japanese Responses to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. LINK
Malitz, David M. & Sriyai, Surachanee (2022). Introduction. LINK
Malitz, David M. (2022). "Kaiser Meiji als Vorbild für die Monarchien des halbkolonialisierten Asiens im Vorfeld deren konstitutionellen Revolutionen im frühen 20. Jahrhundert". In: Schley, Daniel F. (Ed.), Japans moderne Monarchie Beiträge japanologischer Forschung zur Wahrnehmung und Geschichte der Tenno (pp. 205-252). LIT. LINK