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Naha, Okinawa. Summer 2010

CURRENT

Connecticut College

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, 2017-2018

Associate-in-Research, Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University

EDUCATION

University of California, Santa Cruz

PhD, History, 2015

Dissertation Title: “The Sunagawa Struggle: A Century of Anti-Base Protest in a Tokyo Suburb”

Committee: Alan Christy (History), Noriko Aso (History), Alice Yang (History)

MA, History, 2011

  • Thesis: “Spade Work in Okinawa: The 1969 Antennae Construction Plan.” Chair, Alan Christy

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Visiting ResearcherJanuary 2013 to January 2014

  • Conducted dissertation research and participated in Umemori Naoyuki‘s and Sawai Keiichi’s seminars on modern Japanese political thought and history.

San Diego State University

MA, Asian Studies, 2006

  • Thesis: “Political Atrocity: The Role of the Nanjing Massacre in Contemporary   Sino-Japanese Relations.” Chair, Michael Weiner

Northern Arizona University

BA, International Affairs (minor in Japanese), 2002

TEACHING

Connecticut College

Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese History, 2017-2018

  • Quakes & Nukes: (Un)Natural Japanese History
  • Protest and U.S. Imperialism in Asia (Senior Seminar)
  • The Making of Modern East Asia
  • Art and Invention in Early Japan
  • Food Empires of Asia and the Pacific

University of California, Santa Cruz

Lecturer, Department of History, 2015-2017

  • Modern Japan (Upper Division)
  • Imperial Japanese History, 1868-1945 (Upper Division)
  • Ancient Japan (Upper Division)
  • History and Memory of the Okinawan Islands (Upper Division)
  • Food Empires of Asia and the Pacific (Upper Division)
  • Imagining Justice (Cowell College Freshman Seminar)
  • Social Movements and U.S. Military Bases in Asia (Senior Seminar)
  • The Making of Modern East Asia (Lower Division Survey)

Teaching Assistant, 2010-2015

  • Ancient Japan (Noriko Aso)
  • World War II Memories in Japan and the U.S. (Alan Christy and Alice Yang)
  • Women in the Ancient World (Jennifer Lynn)
  • Reader: Early Modern East Asia (Minghui Hu), World History 1750-1900 (Urmi Engineer)
  • Modern Japan (Noriko Aso)

University of San Diego

Lecturer, Political Science and International Relations, 2007-2009 (two semesters)

  • Twice invited to design and teach upper division Japan-U.S Relations course.

Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, California 

Lecturer, International RelationsSpring 2009

  • Invited to design and teach Introduction to International Relations and Introduction to Latin American Studies courses.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University of California, Santa Cruz

Co-Advisor and Editorial Board Member, The Gail Project, Present

  • Edit content and advise for a student-led digital archive project that focuses Okinawa in the 1950s. At the center of the project is the photo collection of Eugene Gail, a U.S. military dentist and photographer who pointed his lens at the lives of everyday Okinawans.
  • Plan and co-lead Gail Project 2016 summer research in Okinawa.

Graduate Student Assistant, September 2014-March 2015

  • Assisted Tyrus Miller (Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies) and Jim Moore (Assistant Dean, Division of Graduate Studies) in coordinating and implementing Graduate Student Leadership Certification Program.

Graduate Student Researcher, January 2013

  • Translated Ōe Kanzaburö’s writings on Huckleberry Finn and Ralph Ellison. Under direction of Christine Hong, Department of Literature.

San Diego State University

Graduate Assistant, Japan Studies Institute (American Association of Colleges and Universities), San Diego State University, 2005.

  • Assisted the program director, Michael Weiner, in coordinating and implementing summer intensive course on Japan Studies for various faculty from around the United States.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Bloody Sunagawa: Anti-Base Protest and the Fight for Peace in Modern Japan (manuscript under preparation)
  • “Spadework in Okinawa: The 1969 Futenma Antennae Construction Plan” (journal article under preparation)

Peer Reviewed

Book Review

Popular Writing

Other

  • Spadework in Okinawa: The 1969 Antennae Construction Plan. UC Santa Cruz master’s thesis (April 2011)
  • Political Atrocity: The Role of the Nanjing Massacre in 21st Century Sino-Japanese Relations. San Diego State University master’s thesis, Montezuma Press, San Diego, (2006)

MEDIA APPEARANCES

  • Appearance on Rising Up With Sonali to discuss the historical significance of President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. May 26, 2016.
  • Interviewed by The Tokyo Shimbun regarding my research into the Sunagawa Struggle. November 6, 2015.

FUNDING AND RECOGNITION

  • 2014 UCSC Graduate Division Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
  • 2014 UCSC Institute for Humanities Research Summer Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2013 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (UCSC announcement)
  • 2012 Institute of Humanities Research, travel funding to Seminar on Experimental Critical Theory seminar in Beirut, Lebanon (see Conferences/Training)
  • 2012 Summer Research Funding, UC Santa Cruz Department of History
  • 2011-2012 Japan Foundation, Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields, Osaka
  • 2011 Alumni Development Grant, Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. State Department
  • 2011Travel Grant, UC Santa Cruz Institute for Humanities Research
  • 2011 Summer Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Award, UC Santa Cruz Department of History
  • 2010 Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. State Department (Doshisha University, Kyoto)
  • 2010 Research Travel Grant, UC Santa Cruz Department of History
  • 2009 Regent’s Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
  • 2005 Diversity Fellowship, San Diego State University
  • First Place, Best Graduate Student Paper, 2006 Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society Southern California Conference, CSU Fullerton

CONFERENCES

  • Presenter, “From Tokyo to Wounded Knee: Two Afterlives of the Sunagawa Struggle,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference, Washington D.C. June 24, 2017
  • Presenter, “Activism in the Courts: Popular Challenges to the Legality of Military Bases in Japan” in the panel, “Contentious Legal Boundaries: East and Southeast Asian Sovereignty,” Association for Asian Studies, Seattle, March 31-April 3, 2016
  • Panel Organizer/Presenter, “Militarization As Urbanization: Anti-Base Struggle In A Changing Tokyo,” in the panel, “The Meanings of Peace in Modern Japan: The Tenacity of War and Protest in a ‘Pacifist’ State.” Association for Asian Studies, Chicago. March 26-29, 2015
  • Participant/Presenter, “Dispossession and Anti-Base Struggle in Cold War Tachikawa,” UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies Graduate Conference on Ecology and Space, May 2-3, 2014.
  • Presenter, “’You can stake our land but you can’t stake our spirits’: Producing militarized space and the struggle for the right to landscape in western Tokyo.” Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University. February 14, 2014.
  • Presenter, “The Boundaries of Empire and Consumption: Consumption in Okinawa,” on panel “Military Consumption and Occupation in Asia and the Pacific Islands.” Association for Asian American Studies Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 19, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Textbooks Are History: A Look At The Recent Historical Quarrel Between China and Japan.” Pacific Coast Branch/American Historical Association Conference. Stanford University. August 2006.
  • Presenter, “Textbooks Are History: A Look At The Recent Historical Quarrel Between China and Japan.” Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society Southern California Conference. California State University Fullerton. April 2006. Awarded First Place, Best Graduate Student Paper.

WORKSHOPS

LANGUAGE TRAINING

  • Advanced Japanese: Japan Foundation, “Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields,” Japan Foundation Kansai Center, Osaka. September 2011-March 2012.
  • U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Summer 2010.
  • Japanese language training. KCP Japanese Language School, Tokyo, Japan. Summer 2001.

INVITED LECTURES/TALKS

  • “Postwar Protests against U.S. Military Bases” in Modern Japanese History, UC Santa Cruz, May 22, 2014. Noriko Aso.
  • “U.S. Bases in Japan,” World War II Memories in Japan and the U.S., UC Santa Cruz, March 5, 2014.
  • 「土地に杭は打たれても、心に杭は打たれない」―50年代の西東京における基地反対運動と風景の権利.“ 立教大学共生社会研究センター . “’You can stake our land but you can’t stake our spirits’: Resisting militarism and fighting for the right to landscape in 1950s western Tokyo.” Rikkyō University Research Center for Cooperative Civil Studies. December 6, 2013 (Japanese).
  • “’You can stake our land but you can’t stake our spirits’: Resisting militarism and fighting for the right to landscape in 1950s western Tokyo.” Waseda Modern Japan History Workshop, Waseda University, Tokyo. November 15, 2013.
  • “U.S. Bases in Japan (and the American Empire)”. Invited talk at Keiō University, “Introduction to Sociology,” Professor Shiobara Yoshikazu and Professor Takenoshita Hirohisa. April 18, 2013.
  • “U.S. bases in Japan,” World War II Memories in Japan and the U.S., UC Santa Cruz, May 7, 2010. Alan Christy and Alice Yang.
  • “Japan’s Self-Defense Forces.” Dr. John Stoessinger’s “Crisis Areas in the World.” University of San Diego. November 2007.
  • “The Economic and Political Foundations of Modern Japan.” Guest Lecture, Department of Asia-Pacific Studies, San Diego State University. San Diego, CA. February 2007.
  • “The Historical Antecedents to Modern Japan.” Department of Asia-Pacific Studies. San Diego State University. San Diego, CA. October 2006.
  • “Tokugawa Identities.” Department of Asia-Pacific Studies, San Diego State University. San Diego, CA. March 2006.

PUBLIC OUTREACH

  • Organizer for museum visits and guide for tour of military bases and communities in Tokyo for UCSC and Yokohama International University students involved in hands-on historical research and collaboration. December 2013 and September 2011.
  • Chaperone and guide for Salinas public high school student trip around Japan (Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka), April 2012.
  • “Introduction to Japan” for high school students taking Japanese language, Everett Alvarez High School, Salinas, California, March 28, 2012.
  • “U.S. Bases in Japan: The View from the US.” Gathering of concerned residents opposed to US base expansion into the Atagoyama neighborhood, Iwakuni, Japan. March 1, 2012. (Japanese)
  • “Base History, Base Spaces.” Invited talk at Asia Society (アジアの会) in Osaka, Japan. February 10, 2012 (Japanese)
  • Panelist at invited talk on the topic of language study in Japan. Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Panel, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC. June 9-11, 2011.
  • Panelist at invited talk about U.S. bases in Okinawa. Osaka Community Center, Japan. August 18, 2010. (Japanese)
  • “How America Sees its Bases in Japan.” Invited talk at gathering of concerned lawyers/activists in Osaka, Japan. June 30, 2010. (Japanese)

SERVICE

Co-Director of The Gail Project, a collaborative digital archive project that focuses Okinawa in the 1950s. At the center of the project is the photo collection of Eugene Gail, a U.S. military dentist and photographer who captured the lives of everyday Okinawans with his camera.

 LANGUAGE

Japanese (fluent)

MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Asian Studies

American Historical Association

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Program Assistant, Project Concern International 2006-2009

  • Served as main programmatic assistant for large international health and development NGO headquartered in San Diego, California.

English Teacher, NOVA Group May 2003-May 2004

  • Taught English to Japanese students of all ages. Yamanashi, Japan.