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East Asia


Ph.D. candidate
M.A.

Office: HSSB 3231
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Advisor: Luke Roberts

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My current research explores how interactions with Russian traders, sailors and diplomats affected Japanese political culture from the early 18th to the late 19th centuries. I explore how Russo-Japanese relations influenced Japanese perceptions of borderlands and foreign relations during most of the Edo period, and the part they played in Japan’s later transformation into a Modern nation-state.

Dissertation Title

  • Borderlands to Borders and 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

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
  • 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

  • "Japanese Diplomacy Under the Tokugawa," in World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.
  • "Russian Exploration of Siberia and Asia," in World History Encyclopedia, Vol 6, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.

Awards

  • Fulbright Graduate Student Research Fellowship
    09/01/2012 ~ 08/31/2013, extended 09/01/2013 ~ 11/30/2013, extended 12/01/2013 ~ 02/28/2014. Awarded by the Japan-United States Educational Commission
  • Pacific Rim Research Program Graduate Fellowship
    Fall Quarter 2012 (deferred until Fall quarter 2014). Awarded by the Pacific Rim Research Program, University of California
  • Japan Foundation IPSP Japanese Studies Grant
    Winter Quarter 2011, Spring Quarter 2012. Awarded by the University of California Santa Barbara Department of History
  • FLAS East Asian Fellowship
    Summer Quarter 2009, 2009 ~ 2010 academic year. Awarded by the University of California Santa Barbara Department of History
  • Dean's Fellowship
    2008 ~ 2009 academic year. Awarded by the University of California Santa Barbara

Conferences and workshops

  • "Ranpeki no kai." 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”
  • "Gaikokujin Kenkyūin Happyōkai." 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”
  • "Nationalisms in Japan." University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 06/16/2011
    Led discussion on pre-modern nationalism
  • "The Ruptures of War." Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 04/10/2010
    Presentation title: “The Truth Shall Set You Free?: Reclaiming wartime humanity in Shtrafbat and The Human Condition”