Kiri Paramore is Professor of Asian Studies in the National University of Ireland, University College Cork, where he directs the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies and the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies. His expertise lies in the politics and history of East Asia, with a focus on the interaction between politics and culture.
Paramore is fluent in Japanese and Chinese, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo with a dissertation written in Japanese, and has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions across Asia, including Academia Sinica, Taipei. He has also been awarded fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley, and multiple universities in Japan and Europe. He received a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for his book Japanese Confucianism (CUP, 2016), is one of the authors of the new Cambridge History of Japan, and the chief editor of the Cambridge History of Confucianism.
Before entering academia Paramore was an officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and before that the Australian Department of Defence.
Media experience includes regular appearances on Ivan Yates Hardtalk on Newstalk Radio (Ireland national), BBC World Service, NHK (Japan national), and BBC Radio 5 Live (UK national). Current affairs articles and comment have appeared in The Diplomat, LRB and RTE. Prof Paramore has been commissioned as a consultant for UNESCO’s World Heritage advisory body ICOMOS on a number of World Heritage Listing applications; he has also consulted in Japan for Miramax Films and CBS.