• Academic Appointments
  • Education
  • Publications
  • Other Scholarly Employment
  • Grants and Fellowships
  • Teaching Experience
  • Digital Humanities and Public Scholarship
  • Presentations, Conferences, and Workshops
  • Invited Lectures, Workshops, and Presentations
  • Academic Service
  • Overseas and Foreign Language Experience
  • Research Languages
  • Academic Affiliations

  • ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

    2021-2022

    Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in History, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

    2019-2021

    Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer in History, The Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University


    EDUCATION

    2019

    2011

    MA, East Asian Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    Concentration: Premodern Japan

    2008

    BA, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, summa cum laude
    Major: Japanese Studies, Minor: Art History (East Asia)


    PUBLICATIONS

    Scholarly Articles

    2021

    Taking the Fight for Japan’s History Online: The Ramseyer Controversy and Social Media.” The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 19, no. 22:3 (2021).

    2020

    Essays and Other Publications

    2021

    Taking the Fight for Japan's History Online.” Critical Asian Studies. October 12, 2021.

    Ramseyer and the Right-Wing Ecosystem Suffocating Japan.” Tokyo Review. May 30, 2021.

    《巻頭言》「デジタル・シフトとデジタル日本研究の未来」 (The 'Digital Shift' and the Future of Digital Japanese Studies), 人文情報学月報 / Digital Humanities Monthly 115-1 (2021).
    [English version]

    2020

    "Embracing the Rebirth of Japanese Studies," #AsiaNow. May 18, 2020.

    2019

    “Japan’s Once and Future Female Emperors,Nursing Clio. April 30, 2019.

    2017

    “Prologue,” Asiadémica 10 (2017): 7-9.

    Reviews

    2021

    William Wayne Farris. A Bowl for a Coin: A Commodity History of Japanese Tea. H-net Reviews (Feb 2021).

    2020

    Bodies and Structures.Reviews in Digital Humanities 1, no. 10 (Oct 2020).

    Translations

    2019

    Itō Keisuke. “Why Were There No Severe Famines in Fourteenth-Century Japan? Social Change, Resilience, and Climatic Cooling.” Monumenta Nipponica 73, No. 2 (2019): 187-212. [Link]

    2018

    Takagi Kiyoko. “Emperor Kōken,” “Emperor Shōtoku,” “Emperor Meishō,” “Emperor Go-Sakuramachi.” In Hachinin no jotei (The Eight Female Emperors of Japan: A Brief Introduction to their Lives and Legacies). Tokyo: Fuzambō International, 2005. Publication in English by Fuzambō International.


    OTHER SCHOLARLY EMPLOYMENT

    2021-present

    Operations Leader, Japan Past & Present
    Yanai Initiative, UCLA, Waseda University

    2020 (Sept-)

    2018-2019

    Library Assistant for Japanese Special Collections, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library: Asia Library, University of Michigan

    2018-2019

    Graduate Student Liaison, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan

    2018 (Fall)

    Dissertation Writing Group Leader, Sweetland Center for Writing, University of Michigan

    2018 (Mar-Apr)

    Research Assistant, Diana Lemberg, Assistant Professor, Lingnan University, Archival work for “Media Development, Human Rights, and U.S. Global Power, 1958-1969.”

    2018 (Feb-May)

    Assistant to Chair, INDIGO: The LSA Asian & Asian American Faculty Alliance
    University of Michigan

    2013 (Jan)

    Translator, Department of History, University of Michigan
    “Defeat in the Colonies: The Return of Japanese Women after the Second World War” by Meyu Yamamoto. Kyoto University, 2013. For HIST 796 - Global History of Gender, Violence, and Sexuality, Winter Term, 2014.

    2012 (Mar-Apr)

    Research Assistant, Melanie Trede, Toyota Visiting Professor, University of Michigan
    Research and translation of the Jingū kōgō engi and Konda sōbyō engi scrolls (ca. 1433).


    GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

    2019

    Medieval Academy of America Travel Bursary for Meritorious Graduate Paper

    2018

    HistoryLab Grant, HIST 393: Looking for Asian Americans at UM and in Michigan, University of Michigan

    2018

    Digital Humanities Summer Institute Grant, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan

    2018

    Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, Digital Humanities Summer Institute

    2018

    Scholar Sprints Digital Partnership Program, University of Michigan Library

    2018

    Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies Japan Studies Grant
    [The University of Michigan Komonjo Workshop]

    2018

    Sweetland Dissertation Writing Institute Graduate Fellow, University of Michigan

    2017-18

    Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Graduate Research Fellow, University of Michigan

    2017

    Sidney Fine Teaching Partnership Award, University of Michigan

    2015-16

    Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship

    2014-15

    Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship

    2014-15

    Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship [declined]

    2013 & 2014

    Center for Japanese Studies Summer Grant, University of Michigan

    2012 & 2013

    Medieval and Early Modern Studies Summer Grant, University of Michigan

    2011-12

    Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (year): Ohio State University [declined]

    2010-11, 09-10

    Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (year): Ohio State University

    2008 & 2009

    Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (summer): Ohio State University

    2008-09

    University Fellowship: Ohio State University


    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    2020 (Spring)

    Lecturer, East Asian Studies Department, Yale University
    Spring 2020: EAS 910 - Economic, Environmental, and Digital Perspectives on Premodern Japan
    [independent study, MA level]

    2019 (Fall)

    Lecturer, History Department & East Asian Studies Department, Yale University
    Fall 2019: HIST 307/EAS 404 - The Written Word in Japan: Prehistory to 1600

    2019 (Winter)

    Teaching Assistant & Digital Consultant, History Department, University of Michigan
    Winter 2019: HIST 393 - Looking for Asian Americans at UM and in Michigan: Capturing 150 years of Lived Experiences and Raw Voices

    2017 (Fall)

    Instructor of Record, History Department, University of Michigan
    Fall 2017: HIST 195 - Swords, Axes, and Spades: Writing Social Diversity into Medieval Japan

    2012-17

    Graduate Student Instructor, History Department, University of Michigan
    Winter 2017: HIST 205 – Modern East Asia
    Winter 2013: HIST 205 – Modern East Asia
    Fall 2013: HIST 210 – Early Medieval Europe, 300-1000
    Fall 2012: HIST 204 – East Asia: Early Transformations


    DIGITAL HUMANITIES AND PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

    For further examples of public engagement, see my Padlet collection here.

    Project Development and Leadership

    Jun, 2021

    Workshop Leader, “Japanese Language Text Mining,” Digital Humanities Methods for Japanese Studies [Part 1] University of Chicago

    Jun 14-17, 2021

    Workshop Leader, "East Asian Studies & Digital Humanities" Dream Lab
    [digital humanities training institute] University of Pennsylvania

    2019-present

    Logistics Manager, Premodern Japanese Studies (PMJS) Online Community
    [inclusive community leadership and sustainable digital resource development]

    Aug 20-23, 2018

    Project Leader, Scholar Sprints, "Mapping Toll Barriers in Medieval Japan"
    Digital Partnership Program, University of Michigan Library

    May 26-27, 2018

    Workshop Leader, Network Analysis
    Digital Humanities and East Asian Religions Workshop, McMaster University

    2017 - present

    2016-present

    Collaborator, Digital Humanities Japan Initiative
    Moderator, Digital Humanities Japan Mailing List & Resources Wiki (2019)

    2015 - present

    “Carving Community: The Landis-Hiroi Collection”
    Creator, Digital Archive Project Manager

    2010 - present

    Interviews and Digital Publications

    Nov 25, 2021

    Interview, Oliver Moxham "Historians & Online Harassment," Beyond Japan (podcast on current research in Japan Studies)

    Dec 17, 2020

    Interview, Oliver Moxham "Digitising Japanese Studies," Beyond Japan (podcast on current research in Japan Studies)

    Oct 20, 2020

    Interview, Tristan R. Grunow "The ‘Rebirth’ of Japanese Studies on the Record with Paula R. Curtis (Yale)," Japan on the Record (podcast on current events related to Japan Studies)

    May 1, 2020

    Mar 27, 2020

    Online Publication, "Digital Humanities Japan: Building Community and Sharing Resources," The Digital Orientalist

    Dec 15-21, 2019

    Public Engagement Project & Student Collaboration, Tweeting Historians Twitter Project
    Personal Tweet Threads - Premodern Japanese History
    Student Tweet Threads – Japan’s Female Emperors

    Dec 10, 2019

    Interview, Reina Gattuso "The Return of Japan’s Female Sake Brewers,Atlas Obscura

    Oct 6, 2019

    Oct 30, 2018

    Digital Humanities Training

    Jun 3-7, 2019

    "Digital Humanities for Japanese Culture: Resources and Methods"
    Participant, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria

    Jun 12-16, 2017

    "Extracting Cultural Networks from Thematic Research Collections"
    Participant, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria

    May 30-Jun 2, 2017

    "Japanese Language Text Mining: Digital Methods for Japanese Studies"
    Participant, Digital Humanities Workshop, Emory University

    Digital Humanities Presentations

    Jun 26, 2021

    Keynote Speaker, “Digital Humanities in Japanese Studies: State of the Field”
    The Digital Orientalist Virtual Workshop and Conference

    Mar 17, 2021

    “To DH or not to DH? Digital Humanities and You”
    Midwestern Professionalization Seminar in East Asian Studies, Ohio State University

    May 4-5, 2018

    “Digital Publishing and the History Classroom: An Introduction & Example Using Scalar”
    Panelist and Participant, "The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies, Redux," Digital Humanities Workshop, University of Chicago

    Nov 6, 2017

    “Speaking with the Dead: Digital Oral History for the Premodern Classroom”
    Presenter, Digital Pedagogies Lightning Talks and Workshop
    Institute for Humanities, University of Michigan

    Nov 11-12, 2016

    “On Forgery”
    Presenter, “The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies,” Digital Humanities Workshop, University of Chicago


    PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND WORKSHOPS

    Papers Presented & Panels Organized

    Aug 27, 2021

    “Law or Order?: Forgery and Falsity in Medieval Japanese Documents,”Frauds, Forgeries, and Newfound Networks
    Presenter, European Association for Japanese Studies [date may change due to postponement]

    Mar 20, 2020

    “Hacking East Asia: Expanding the Horizons of Interdisciplinary Digital Methods,”Digital Technology Expo: Lightning Talks
    Chair, Association for Asian Studies [cancelled due to COVID-19]

    Mar 20, 2020

    “The ‘Rebirth’ of Japanese Studies,” Roundtable
    Organizer, Association for Asian Studies [cancelled due to COVID-19, converted to virtual format]

    Nov 15, 2019

    “Reading Between the Texts: Forgery, History, and Authority in Late Medieval Japan,”
    Presenter, CEAS Postdoctoral Associates Lecture Series, Yale University

    May 22, 2019

    “Forgery and its Narratives in Medieval Japan,”Presenter, Forgery and Memory Symposium
    Presenter, University of Exeter

    Mar 8, 2019

    “Forging Legal Truths: Courtiers, Casters, and the Creation of Narrative Histories in Late Medieval Japan,”Fictions, Forgeries, and Deceit in the Global Middle Ages
    Presenter, The Medieval Academy of America

    Jun 13, 2018

    “Inauthentic Truths: Forgery, Authority, and Economy in Medieval Japan [a selection on yuishogaki 由緒書],” Research Talks in Honor of Imperial Princess Akiko of Mikasa’s Visit
    Presenter, University of Michigan

    Mar 23, 2018

    EIHS Workshop Panel: Expectant Bodies: Gender, Textuality, Sovereignty
    Complement to “EIHS Lecture: The Myth of Masculine Impunity: Male Adultery and Repentance in the Middle Ages,” Ruth Mazo Karras, University of Minnesota
    Organizer, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan

    Feb 2, 2018

    EIHS Workshop Panel: Public/Private Selves: (In)visibilities, Identities, and Communities
    Complement to “EIHS Lecture: Private Parts and Public Concerns: Erecting the Modern Japanese Penis,” Gregory M. Pflugfelder, Columbia University
    Organizer, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan

    Dec 10, 2017

    “The Agreed Upon Counterfeit: Forgery Culture and Documentary Authority in Medieval Japanese Society,” The Premodern Colloquium, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program
    Presenter, University of Michigan

    Mar 19, 2017

    "When Past is Present: Courtiers, Casters, and Forgery in Late Medieval Japan," Bridging Time & Space: Navigating Social Networks in Premodern East Asia
    Presenter & Organizer, Association for Asian Studies

    Feb 25, 2016

    “Metal Casters, the Matsugi Family, and Late Medieval Networks: Shihai 支配 and Issues of Translation and Interpretation in Historical Scholarship,” Thinking Through Translation: Research in Progress by Japan Foundation Fellows 2015-16
    Presenter, Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

    Nov 2, 2015

    “中世後期における真継家の鋳物師「支配」:言葉の翻訳・解釈問題を中心に” (“The Matsugi Family’s ‘Control’ of Metal Casters in the Late Medieval Period: Issues in Translation and Interpretation”)
    Presenter, The Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo

    Oct 26, 2013

    “Composing Medieval Social Spaces: Artisans, Aristocrats, and Textual Representation in the Shokunin uta-awase emaki,” Unbounded Locales: Real and Imagined Geographies of Premodern Japan
    Presenter & Organizer, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs

    Apr 3, 2013

    “Rights, Rites, and Writing: Reconceptualizing “Power” for Artisans, Aristocrats, and Warlords in Late Medieval Japan,” Forum on Research in Medieval Studies Noon Lecture Series
    Presenter, University of Michigan

    Jan 18, 2013

    “The Country and the City, 40 Years on: Spatial Constructs in the shokunin uta-awase,” The Country and the City, 40 Years on
    Presenter, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan

    Sept 7, 2012

    “Forging Forgeries: Metal Casters and Power in Medieval Japan,” Medieval and Early Modern Studies Department Presentations in Honor of Tom Green: “Thoughts on the Future of the Past”
    Presenter, University of Michigan

    Jun 2010

    “アイデンティティー形成と意識:中世日本における職人の役割” (Identity Formation and Consciousness: The Role of Artisans in Medieval Japan)
    Presenter, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Japan

    Conferences and Workshops Organized

    Feb 8-9, 2019

    De-centering the Global Middle Ages Symposium
    University of Michigan

    Jul 9-Aug 3, 2018

    Jul 25, 2016

    Graduate Student Research and Methods Colloquium in Medieval Japanese History
    University of Tokyo


    INVITED LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, AND PRESENTATIONS

    Sept 8, 2021

    Plenary Speaker, “(Dis)Connections in Digital Japanese Studies,”
    Japanese Association for Digital Humanities

    Jun 25, 2021

    “Of Text and Bronze: Courtiers, Casters, and Social Status in Medieval Japan,”
    U Tokyo Early-Career Scholar Forum, University of Tokyo

    May 7, 2021

    “Modern or Medieval? The Invention of Japan’s Middle Ages,”
    Lakeforest College

    Apr 26, 2021

    “Rewritten & Retweeted: Japanese History in the Age of Social Media,”
    Furman University

    Apr 1, 2021

    “Literature, Art, History & the People Between: shokunin uta awase 職人歌合絵巻,”
    Washington College

    Jan 29, 2021

    “Digital Presence and Methods in East Asian Studies,”
    University of British Columbia

    Jan 21-22, 2021

    “Academic Networks and Digital Engagement at a Distance,” Research at a Distance: Japan Studies in an age of Covid-19
    Workshop for Australia-based Researchers

    Dec 9, 2020

    “Entrepreneurial Aristocrats and Courtly Casters: Social Status through Artisanal Labor in Medieval Japan,” Japan Research Centre Seminar Programme
    SOAS University of London

    Dec 5, 2020

    "日本史史料英訳ワークショップ―金沢文庫文書" (Japanese Historical Documents English Translation Workshop: Documents from Kanazawa Bunko), Historians' Workshop
    Workshop Leader, University of Tokyo

    Nov 20, 2020

    “Medieval Lives and Afterlives: The Kawachi Casters in Objects and Legend,” Reiterations of the Past: Negotiations through Practice Series
    Kyushu University

    Jun 7, 2020

    “Medieval Texts and Modern Podcasts: Lessons in Digital Media Pedagogy,” Japan Forum, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
    Harvard University

    Jun 21, 2020

    日本史史料英訳ワークショップ―御成敗式目” (Japanese Historical Documents English Translation Workshop: Documents from Goseibai shikimoku), Historians' Workshop
    Workshop Leader, University of Tokyo

    Jun 7, 2020

    “Seen and Unseen: Commoner History and Visual Materials in Medieval Japan,” Rare and Distinctive Collections Hour Panel: “From Object to Subject: Elevating Histories of People of Color through Manuscript and Print Culture”
    Cornell University

    Jun 7, 2020

    日本史史料英訳ワークショップ―醍醐寺文書” (Japanese Historical Documents English Translation Workshop: Daigoji Temple Documents), Historians' Workshop
    Workshop Leader, University of Tokyo

    Feb 17, 2020

    "Making the Warrior: Samurai Codes and Japan's Modern Medieval"
    Colgate University

    Feb 17, 2020

    "Age of the Warrior? Rethinking Medieval Japan" CORE167C – Japan
    Colgate University

    Jun 19, 2019

    "Japanese Crests," Letterpress Lab with Japanese Crests, Ann Arbor Japan Week
    Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI

    Jun 20, 2018

    "Japanese Crests," Letterpress Lab with Japanese Crests, Ann Arbor Japan Week
    Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI

    Nov 27, 2017

    "Artisans in the Medieval Japanese Imaginary (?)" HISTART 646 – Medieval Makers and Theories of Making
    University of Michigan

    Apr 14, 2017

    "Byōbu (Folding Screens) in Premodern Japan" HISTART 393 – Art and Architecture of Colonial Latin America: Conquest to Independence
    University of Michigan

    Apr 14, 2017

    "Cap, Sword, and Kettle: Cross-Status Network Formation and Forgery Production in Late Medieval Japan" East Asian Studies MA Graduate Forum
    Ohio State University

    Dec 16, 2016

    "U-M Graduate Studies on Digital History" Digital History in a Digital Age? Kemp Family Symposium/Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Forum
    University of Michigan


    ACADEMIC SERVICE

    2020-2021

    Organizer, Council on East Asian Studies Work in Progress Workshop
    Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University

    Jun 2020-present

    Faculty Advisor, Digital Resources Committee
    The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC)

    2019-present

    2019-present

    "Steering Committee Co-Coordinator"
    Premodern Japanese Studies (PMJS) Online Community

    Oct 2, 2020

    "Online Pasts and Presence: Digital Media as Professional Development"
    HIST 807: Graduate School and Beyond I, Department of History
    University of Michigan

    Sept 16, 2020

    "Looking Ahead: Academic Job Market 101"
    Workshop Leader, Women in Ancient Studies Forum, Yale University

    Feb 25, 2020

    “#twitterstorians: Doing History on Twitter”
    Panelist, University of Michigan History Club, University of Michigan

    Feb 10, 2020

    “Panel Discussion with Yale Postdocs on Finishing the PhD and the Job Market”
    Panelist, Women in Ancient Studies Forum, Yale University

    Feb 18, 2019

    “Resume/CV Writing for Japanese Studies”
    Organizer, Japanese Studies Interdisciplinary Colloquium, University of Michigan

    Jan 26, 2018

    “The Future After a Japanese Studies MA Degree”
    Panelist, Japanese Studies Interdisciplinary Colloquium, University of Michigan

    Feb 27, 2017

    “Graduate Student Instructor Mentoring on Time Management”
    Panelist, History Department, University of Michigan

    2016

    Fulbright Fellowship Interview Committee, University of Michigan

    2012-13, 18-19

    Founder & Graduate Student Coordinator, Japanese Studies Interdisciplinary Colloquium
    Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Michigan

    2012-13, 13-14

    Graduate Student Coordinator, Forum on Research in Medieval Studies Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Michigan

    May 6, 2011

    “Leveling up your Japanese: Attending the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies”
    Workshop Organizer/Presenter, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University


    OVERSEAS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE

    2018

    The University of Michigan Medieval Komonjo Workshop (1 month)
    Intensive Medieval Japanese Document Training, University of Michigan

    2015-16

    Japan Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
    The Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo

    2014-15

    Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow
    The Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo

    2013

    Summer Kambun Workshop: Medieval Japanese Document Training (1 month)
    University of Southern California

    2009-10

    Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Japan
    Advanced Language Training, Summer & 10-month Intensive Program


    RESEARCH LANGUAGES

    Japanese: advanced (speaking, reading, writing, listening)
    Classical Japanese: intermediate/advanced (reading)
    Kanbun/Komonjo: intermediate/advanced (reading)


    ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS