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Early Modern Japan, Ryukyu

Graduate Student

Office: HSSB 3220

Advisor: Luke Roberts

I am in my third year at UCSB, and study chiefly Japan and the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa) in the 17th-19th centuries. My research focuses on the cultural dimensions of Ryukyuan embassies to Japan, including travel logistics, material culture, ritual performance, and the intersections between the Ryukyuan missions and various aspects of early modern Japanese history. (more...)

Teaching Assistantships



Selected Conference Presentations

Professional Activities & Service

  • VP of History Grad Student Assoc. (HGSA), 2014-2015
  • History dept rep to Graduate Student Assoc (GSA) Assembly, 2013-present
  • Co-Curator, “Picturing the Ryūkyūs” exhibit, Feb. 2013
    Exhibit at Univ. of Hawaii Art Gallery, co-curated with Prof. J. Szostak.
  • Intern, Freer Gallery of Art, Summer 2011
    Edo Period Books Digitization Project
  • Freelance Translation work, 2008-
    Chiefly texts related to Japanese history and art history, incl. gallery labels, academic presentations, journal articles, etc.