My research focuses primarily on the social and cultural history of modern Japan from 1852-1953. My interests include Japanese migration, regional identity formation, borderland studies, settler colonialism, nation-building, memory studies, and folklore studies.
I teach both upper and lower division classes on World History, Asian History, and Japanese History. Some of my favorite courses designed for Seton Hall include classes on Global Food History, "Medieval Monsters: A Japanese History," "Age of the Samurai," "Japan's Pacific Empire," and "Japan's Modern Myths and Monsters" I bring into the classroom my own experience as a global citizen, having lived and worked in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Israel, Singapore, and Brunei.
Presently, I am working on a book manuscript titled Tohoku Unbounded: Regional Identity and the Mobile Subject in Prewar Japan. This work will examine the domestic history of Japan using a global perspective with case studies in the Philippines, colonial Manchuria, Canada, the United States, and Brazil.
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin--Madison
- MA, University of Wisconsin--Madison
- A.B., University of Chicago
- Seton Hall University, College of Arts and Sciences College Teacher of the Year Award (2020)
- Seton Hall University, Japan Studies Program Community Service Award (2019)
- Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration (IASRC), Akita International University, Japan (Summer, 2018)
- Doris Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2013-2014)
- Citation for Distinguished Service in Teaching, UW-Madison History Department (2011)
- Japanese Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (2009-2010)
- Early Excellence in Teaching, UW-Madison History Department (2007)