Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Cornell University (2005)
M.A., Cornell University (2001)
B.A., Northwestern University (1998)

Teaching Interests

I teach the full range of Japanese history, from antiquity to the present, as well as interdisciplinary courses, including the modern re-inventions of Tokyo, the construct of Asia in European intellectual history, and a global history of World War II. Whether I am teaching a survey of pre-modern Japan or a seminar on the history and memory of the Asia-Pacific War, I like to connect the specificity of history to broader, critical conversations.  These include historicizing the religion/secular divide, the construction of modern nation-states, the place of technology in human society, or the history and memory of modern warfare.  

Awards and Honors

Japan Foundation Research Fellowship, 2012-2013 

Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University, 2008-2009

Japan Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2001

See also: Research Interests and Special Interests