I am a cultural and social historian of modern Japan. My research focuses on the birth of mass media and mass culture in Japan. My research thus far has centered on magazines (Kingu and Ie no hikari, for example), but I am also interested in publishers and advertisers more generally and incorporate many visual sources (posters, illustrations, comics, and advertising) in my analysis. My work seeks to recapture the importance of rural communities in various social and cultural developments in the 20th century. I have expanded and revised my dissertation (Creating Mass Culture in Inter-War Japan) into a monograph manuscript and have turned my attention toward two separate articles on related topics.
Before coming to FIU, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellesley College where I both taught and conducted research for two years. Prior to that, I was a Teaching Assistant at Brown University for seven years. My teaching interests are broad and regularly include topics in Chinese and Korean history in addition to my emphasis in Japan, though my chronological preference is for the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to more traditional survey courses, I teach topics on Japan/East Asia related to commodity and mass culture, biography, gender, food culture, and environmental history and have developed such courses as: Consumer Culture in East Asia: From the Premodern to the Postwar; Japanese Media History; Rural Japan: Farmers, Fishermen, and Folk-life; Women in Modern East Asian Society; Environmental History in East Asia: Methods & Case Studies; The Pacific War: Imperialism, War & Memory in East Asia; Samurai & Sumo, Shopkeepers & Shoguns: A Social History of Medieval Japan; Modern Conceptions of Self: Biography in East Asia; and Historical Research & Methods.