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Tomohisa Hattori
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center|Lehman College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Yale University
Research Interests: International Political Economy, Moral Economy, and International Development

CUNY Department(s): Department of Political Science, Lehman College; MALS, Graduate Center.

Tracks taught in MALS: International Studies

Courses Taught in MALS: MALS 71400 (Introduction to International Studies); MALS 71500 (Critical Issues in International Studies)


“Is It Real? The Question of Juridical, Actual, and Causal Responsibility in Sovereign Debt Settlements,” in Jonathan Joseph and Colin Wight, eds., Scientific Realism and International Relations. New York: Palgrave, 2010, pp. 115-128.

“A Critical Naturalist Approach to Power and Hegemony: Analyzing Giving Practices,” in Howard Lentner and Mark Haugaard, eds., Hegemony and Power: Consensus and Coercion in
Contemporary Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006, pp. 151-167.

“Giving as a Mechanism of Consent: International Aid Organisations and the Ethical Hegemony of Capitalism,” International Relations. Volume 17, No. 2 (June 2003): 153-173.

“The Moral Politics of Foreign Aid,” Review of International Studies. Volume 29, No. 2 (April 2003): 229-247.

“Reconceptualizing Foreign Aid,” Review of International Political Economy, Volume 8, No. 4 (December 2001): 633-660.

About Professor Hattori and his Recent Scholarship:

I am interested in foreign aid as a complex phenomenon consisting of two distinct practices: loans and grants. To understand the complexity of this phenomenon, I rely on an ontologically oriented philosophy of social science called critical realism, which helps scholars frame their analysis in terms of three layers of reality: observable; actual but not necessarily observable; and real but not observable except under a certain condition (see For those who are interested in international studies in general, visit the website of the International Studies Association, which helps you see a broad range of subfields of international studies (see