"It is important to draw wisdom from many different sources. Otherwise, it becomes rigid and stale."
"Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here."
-Maynard James Keenan
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
"When we reach our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change."
BA Missouri State (2005), MA University of Hawaii-Manoa (2008)
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Advisor: Luke Roberts
I study premodern Japan from an environmental perspective. My dissertation is a regional history of Kai province, located in central eastern Japan, in the sixteenth century. (more...)
- "Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain: The Evolution of Resource Disputes and Local Society in a Japanese Province, 1450-1650"
- History 187S: The Samurai
A detailed examination of Japan's profressional military class, with emphasis upon their economic and social evolution from roughly 500 to 1850.
- History 80: East Asian Civilization
A survey of the major historical developments in East Asia from the earliest times to the present.
- History 87: Japanese History through Art and Literature
A survey of Japanese history from prehistory to recent times with an emphasis upon artifacts and writing.
- History 2A: World History to 1000
First section of world history which focuses upon origins and travel.
- History 2B: World History 1000-1800
The middle section of world history focusing primarily upon economic and technological contacts.
- History 2C: World History 1800 to the Present
The final chapter of world history, with emphasis upon migration and interconnectedness.
- Fulbright IIE Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014-2015
- UCSB History Associates Graduate Student Summer Fellowship, 2013
- UCSB History Associates Williams Award, summer 2013
- Japan Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship, spring 2012, 2013
- UC Regents Special Fellowship, 2010-2015
- "A Farewell to Armies: Creating Stable Patterns of Resource Access in Early Modern Japan, 1500-1700"
Presented at San Francisco State University History Students Association Conference "Violence, Coercion, Terror, and the State," April 2014.
- “Christians, Class, and the Closed Country: Japan’s anti-Christian Policies, Public Reactions, and Political Effects, 1543-1640.”
Presented at the Western Association of Asian Studies regional conference in Ogen, Utah, October, 2006.
- "The Last Man Standing: Examining Daimyo Survival in Sixteenth Century Japan.”