East Asian Languages & Cultures
B.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison); M.A., Ph.D., Brown University
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in East Asian Languages & Cultures and History
Expert in modern Japanese cultural history, specifically media, leisure, gender, and rural life in the early 20th century.
I am a cultural and social historian of modern Japan. My research focuses on the birth of mass media and mass culture in Japan. My research thus far has centered on magazines (Kingu and Ie no hikari, for example), but I am also interested in publishers and advertisers more generally and incorporate many visual sources (posters, illustrations, comics, and advertising) in my analysis. My work is partly comparative and seeks to recapture the importance of rural communities in various social and cultural developments in the 20th century.
I have finished expanding and revising my dissertation (Creating Mass Culture in Inter-War Japan) into a monograph manuscript and have turned my attention toward two separate articles on related topics.
Before coming to Wellesley, I was a Teaching Assistant at Brown University for seven years. My teaching interests are broad and regularly include topics in Chinese and Korean history in addition to my emphasis in Japan, though my chronological preference is for the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to more traditional survey courses, I teach topics on Japan/East Asia related to commodity and mass culture, biography, gender, and environmental history and have developed such courses as: Consumer Culture in East Asia: From the Premodern to the Postwar; Japanese Media History; Rural Japan: Farmers, Fishermen, and Folk-life; Women in Modern East Asian Society; Environmental History in East Asia: Methods & Case Studies; The Pacific War: Imperialism, War & Memory in East Asia; Samurai & Sumo, Actors & Artisans: A Social History of Medieval Japan; Modern Conceptions of Self: Biography in East Asia; and Historical Research & Methods.
I was trained as an undergraduate and have an abiding interest in East Asian Studies, thus, I regularly reference and incorporate materials from Literature, Art History, Media & Film Studies, and Gender Studies in my teaching and research.
I am a member of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association and regularly present at and attend conferences hosted by those organizations. Currently most of my non-teaching professional activities are related to manuscript and article revisions.
I have two toddlers that keep me quite busy, but enjoy yoga, photography, cooking, and swimming in the odd moments of free time I find.