Professional and Biographical Information
research & teaching interests
My writing explores public and personal narratives of American places and the consequences of these narratives in shaping identity, in particular, ethnic and racial identity. I am the author of Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race and Place in the American West (U. Iowa Press, 2007). In my current book project,Yinz Got Game? Sports and Identity in Western Pennsylvania, I use sport as a lens to explore the social and cultural history of the greater Pittsburgh region from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. I have also published poetry, as well as articles on Japanese American relocation and ecocriticism.
Since coming to Amherst in 2008, I have taught courses in Asian American studies, ethnic literature, research methods, sports history, and public history.
I am affiliated with the Five College Asian Pacific American Studies Program and the Amherst Environmental Studies Department.
I spend my life away from Amherst fly-fishing (not often enough), biking, gardening, and trying to keep up with my winsome daughters.