Personal Statement:

I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and in Santa Barbara as a visiting scholar for the fall quarter 2016.

My doctoral dissertation investigates the changes in the Japanese American social networks during and after World War II with particular focus on the Heart Mountain relocation center in Wyoming. I’m using historical “big data,” network analysis, and computer modeling in addition to more traditional historical sources. I’m particularly interested in questions of assimilation and “loyalty,” for example as exemplified by the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee whose members protested the drafting of Japanese American men without full restitution of their lost civil rights.