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, as well as Tsushima). My research is situated at the intersection of tradition, modernity, international relations and domestic politics. I argue 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:“Diplomacy, Force, Borderlands: Japan-Russia Relations in the Transformation of Japanese Political Culture in the Edo and early Meiji Periods”
“‘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 no. 25] (Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo, March 2015): 39-49.
“Japanese Diplomacy under the Tokugawa,” World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.
“Russian Exploration of Siberia and Asia,” World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.
“Vneshni͡ai͡a politika pravitel’stva Meĭdzi: Karafuto, Korei͡a, Taĭvan’ [Meiji Foreign Policy: Karafuto, Korea, Taiwan].” Nichi-ro kankei siryō wo meguru kokusai kenkyū shūkai 2014 [International Research Conference Concerning Historical Sources on Japan-Russia Relations] (Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo, May 2014).
Pre and early-modern Japan, Modern Japan, East Asia, international relations, Russia, world history
Instructor of Record:
History 187S: The Samurai. Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara.
History 87: Japanese History Through Art (3 times)
History 4C: Western Civilization (4 times)
History 2B: World History 1000-1800 (3 times)
History 2A: World Civilizations to 1000 CE (1 time)
History 80: East Asian Civilization (1 time)
Awards & Professional Activities:
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Schlaikjer Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara History Associates
Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara
Pacific Rim Research Program Graduate Fellowship, University of California Pacific Rim Foundation (deferred from 2012)
Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright IIE)
Japan Foundation IPSP Japanese Studies Grant, Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara
FLAS East Asia Academic Year Fellowship, Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara
FLAS East Asia Summer Fellowship, Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara
Dean’s Fellowship, Graduate Division, University of California Santa Barbara
AWARDS AND HONORS
DeConde/Burns Prize, University of California Santa Barbara, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
Richard Mayberry Award, University of California Santa Barbara, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
JE and GL Janotta Foundation Prize, University of California, Santa Barbara History Associates
“The Mist-Covered Borderland – Early Modern Ainu-Japanese-Russian Relations in Ezo” Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. March 31-April 3 (Exact date TBD), 2016.
“Intercontinental Borderland: the Second Russian-American Company Colony on Urup in the Performance of Russo-Japanese Relations.” Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. March 31-April 3 (Exact date TBD), 2016.
“Russian Far Eastern Ports and their Effect on Russian Decision making during the 1861 Tsushima Incident.” Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. March 28, 2015.
“‘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.” Asian Studies Conference Japan. Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. June 21, 2014.
“‘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, Tokyo, Japan. October 29, 2013.
“Reexamining the Golovnin Incident: Crisis Management and Ambiguity in Late Tokugawa Diplomacy.” Is the Theory of the Sino-Centric World Order Still Good Enough?, workshop. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. August 24, 2011.
“The Truth Shall Set You Free?: Reclaiming wartime humanity in Shtrafbat and The Human Condition.” The Ruptures of War, graduate student conference. Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. March 10, 2010.
Foreign Researcher, University of Tokyo Historiographical Institute, Tokyo, Japan (with stay at Hokkaidō University, Japan in summer 2013, summer 2014).