August 21, 2020: I will be on fellowship leave January 2021-December 2021. I will not be teaching courses or supervising independent studies during this time. 

Personal Statement:

My research explores the social, cultural, and technological history of mobility in twentieth century Japan and the Japanese Empire. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on modern and recent Japanese history, the history of empire, and critical global history.

Advisor to:

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Mobility and Society in Twentieth-Century Japan
  • Critical Geography and Modern Empire in Asia and the Pacific
  • Spatial History and Spatial Humanities

Current Projects:

  • The Rickshaw and the Railroad: Human-Powered Transport in the Age of the Machine
    I’m revisiting the history of mobility in modern Japan through its forgotten technologies—rickshaws, human-powered railways, and feet. You can watch a brief talk about the project on UC TV. 
  • Bodies and Structures: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History
    In collaboration with David R. Ambaras (History, NCSU), this multi-year digital project brings together scholars of early modern and modern Japan, East Asia, and Southeast Asia to interrogate the spatial history of East Asia from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. We launched Bodies and Structures 1.0 in January 2019. Stay tuned for Version 2.0!

Selected Publications:

Books and Edited Volumes:

  • Mobility in History: The Yearbook of the International Association of the History of Transport, Traffic, and Mobility 7 (New York: Berghahn Journals, 2016). Editor, “Modern Mobilities: Asia.”

Digital Projects and Essays:

Research Articles:

Other Publications

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 9: Introduction to Historical Methods. “Hiroshima in History and Memory.”
  • HIST 87: Japanese History through Art and Literature.
  • HIST 187B: History of Modern Japan.
  • HIST 187C: Recent Japan.
  • HIST 200AS: Historical Literature: Asia. “The Historiography of Modern Japan (1).”
  • HIST 201AS: Advanced Historical Literature: Asia. “The Historiography of Modern Japan (2).”
  • HIST 221A/B: Graduate Research Seminar in Transnational Empire (two quarters).
  • HIST/JAPAN 287J: Reinventing “Japan” Colloquium.

Honors and Professional Activities:

  • Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award, 2020-2021
  • Gerda Henkel Research Scholarship, 2021-2022
  • Series Co-Editor, Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology, 2021-
  • NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (Level II), 2019
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Asian Studies, 2019-
  • UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2015-2016
  • Hellman Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Fulbright (Japan-US Educational Commission), 2008-2009