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East Asia (Japan)


Ph.D. candidate
M.A.

Office: HSSB 3222
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Advisor: Luke Roberts


My dissertation focuses on Japan’s relations with Russia from the middle Edo period (1600-1868), traditionally identified as early-modern, to the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912), the start of Japan’s modern era. I trace the influence of these relations on Japan’s political culture, channeled through private contacts, diplomacy, confrontation, and cultural borrowing in Japan’s borderlands (Ezo: modern Hokkaidō and the Kuril Islands, Sakhakin, and Tsushima). My research straddles the intersection of tradition, modernity, international relations and domestic politics, arguing that all these aspects of Japan’s political culture are mutually constitutive, and that Japan and East Asia would have evolved into unimaginably different places without Russian influence. Indeed, by inducing Japan to reinterpret its engagement with its borderlands, Russia’s impact on Japan was as extensive as that of China or the USA, though far less well-studied.

Dissertation Title

  • Borderlands to Borders in the Creation of a National Consciousness: Russian Influence on Japanese Political Culture throughout Edo and early Meij

Teaching Fields

  • Japanese history
  • East Asian history
  • Russian History
  • Western civilization
  • World history

Courses Taught

  • History 187S: The Samurai
    Simmer 2015

Teaching Assistantships

  • History 2B: World History
    Professor Luke Roberts, winter 2012. Professor Francis Dutra, summer 2011 & 2010
  • History 87: Japanese History Through Art
    Professor Luke Roberts, fall 2010, 2011, 2015
  • History 4C: Western Civilization
    Professor Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, spring 2010 & winter 2011. Professor Erika Rappaport, fall 2009
  • History 2A: World History
    Professor John Lee, winter 2010
  • History 80: East Asian Civilization
    Professor Xiao-bin Ji, spring 2009
  • Japan 165: Popular Culture in Japan (Reader)
    Professor Sabine Frühstück, spring 2009
  • Japan 162: Sexuality in Modern Japan (Reader)
    Professor Sabine Frühstück, winter 2009

Publications

  • Author
    "‘Rihachofu kōkai nisshi’ kara yomitoku Tsushima jiken [The Tsushima Incident as Seen through Likhachëv’s Logbook]." Tōkyō daigaku shiryō hensanjo kenkyū kiyō 25 [The Research Bulletin of the Tokyo University Historiographical Institute #25] (Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo, March 2015).
  • Translator
    "‘Rihachofu kōkai nisshi’ kara yomitoku Tsushima jiken [The Tsushima Incident as Seen through Likhachëv’s Logbook]." Tōkyō daigaku shiryō hensanjo kenkyū kiyō 25 [The Research Bulletin of the Tokyo University Historiographical Institute #25] (Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo, March 2015).
  • Author
    "Japanese Diplomacy Under the Tokugawa," World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.
  • Author
    "Russian Exploration of Siberia and Asia," World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.

Awards

  • Schlaikjer Fellowship, Winter Quarter 2016
    Dissertation research and/or writing support fellowship. Awarded by the University of California Santa Barbara History Associates
  • Fulbright Graduate Student Research Fellowship, 09/01/2012 ~ 08/31/2013, extended ~ 02/28/2014
    To support dissertation research in Japan. Awarded by the Japan-United States Educational Commission
  • Pacific Rim Research Program Graduate Fellowship, Fall Quarter 2012 (deferred until Fall quarter 2014)
    To support dissertation research in Japan. Awarded by the Pacific Rim Research Program, University of California
  • Japan Foundation IPSP Japanese Studies Grant, Winter Quarter 2011, Spring Quarter 2012
    To support graduate study related to Japan. Awarded by the University of California Santa Barbara Department of History
  • FLAS East Asian Fellowship, Summer Quarter 2009, 2009 ~ 2010 academic year
    To support study of East Asia. Awarded by the University of California Santa Barbara Department of History

Conferences and workshops

  • 2015 Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, 03/28/2015
    “Russian Far Eastern Ports and their Effect on Russian Decision making during the 1861 Tsushima Incident”
  • The Eighteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan, Sophia University, Tokyo 06/21/2014
    Presentation title: “They Fear us, yet Cling to us as if we Embodied Hope Itself”; Russian Negotiations with Local Japanese Officials during the Tsushima Incident of 1861”
  • Ranpeki no Kai [Ranpeki Association workshop], Tokyo University 10/29/2013
    Presentation title: “They Fear us, yet Cling to us as if we Embodied Hope Itself”; Russian Negotiations with Local Japanese Officials during the Tsushima Incident of 1861”
  • Tokyo University Historiographical Institute 09/06/2013
    Presentation title: “Russo-Japanese Relations in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Russian Influence on the Evolution of Japanese Political Culture and Perceptions of Borderlands”
  • "Is the Theory of the Sino-Centric World Order Still Good Enough?" University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC 08/24/2011
    Presentation title: “Reexamining the Golovnin Incident: Crisis Management and Ambiguity in Late Tokugawa Diplomacy”

Research and Study Experience Abroad

  • Foreign Researcher, 09/01/2012 ~ 12/18/2014
    University of Tokyo Historiographical Institute, Tokyo, Japan (with stay at Hokkaidō University, Japan in June 2013, July ~ August 2014).
  • Intensive Japanese summer course student, 07/04/2009 ~ 08/15/2009
    International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan (certificate of completion awarded)
  • Study abroad student, 08/27/2003 ~ 12/12/2003
    Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan (transfer credit awarded)