Dr. David M. Malitz



Institutional Affiliation:

German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo


David is a Senior Research Fellow with the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, where he works on Japanese-Southeast Asian and particularly Japanese-Thai relations. He studied Business Administration and Japanese Studies at the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Germany, and received his PhD in Japanese Studies from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 2016 after conducting research in Japan and Thailand on the history of Japanese-Thai relations. From 2017 to 2021, David taught at the Faculty of Arts of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

In Bangkok, David’s research focussed on the history of the modern monarchies of Japan and Thailand.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

As part of his current research project on the past, present, and future of Japanese-Thai relations at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, David continues to work (comparatively) on the histories of the modern monarchies of Japan and Thailand as well as on their relations.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

  • “‘Siegreich und gewillt dem Gesetz unterworfen zu sein‘: Kaiser Meiji als Vorbild für die Monarchien des halbkolonialisierten Asiens im Vorfeld deren konstitutionellen Revolutionen im frühen 20. Jahrhundert,‘ in Daniel Schley (Ed.) Japans Moderne Monarchie – Eine Bestandsaufnahme, Munich: Iudicum, 2022.
  • “The Genesis of Dynastic Legitimacy in Absolutist Siam,” in Global Journal of Intellectual History, special issue edited by Milind Banerjee and Ilya Afanasyev, 5/2020.
  • “The Nation as a Ritual Community: Royal Nation-Building in Imperial Japan and Post-War Thailand,” In Elena Woodacre et al. (Eds.), The Routledge History of Monarchy (213–228). Abingdon: Routledge, 2019.
  • “The Monarchs’ New Clothes: Transnational Flows and the Fashioning of the Modern Japanese and Siamese Monarchies,” in M. Banerjee et al. (Eds.), The Royal Nation: Transnational Histories (155–176). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • I am currently editing a special section in an international history journal with papers about the international reception of the Imperial Japanese constitution, which were presented at an symposium at the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the opening of the Japanese parliament in 1890 (https://www.dijtokyo.org/ja/event/symposium-on-the-occasion-of-the-130th-anniversary-of-the-opening-of-the-japanese-parliamentglobal-views-of-japanese-parliamentarism-in-the-late-19th-and-early-20th-centuries/).




Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney