I am a historian of modern Japanese history, with a particular interest in Japan’s port cities and maritime commerce in global contexts. I am currently writing my dissertation on how international commerce shaped ideas of global citizenship and created transnational spatial imaginaries in these ports during Japan’s interwar period (1918-1941). My work sits at the nexus of urban, maritime, mobility, economic, and spatial histories as well as the cultural history of capitalism.

I have been happy to call Madison home since the fall of 2013. Before coming to UW, I graduated from Rutgers University in my home state of New Jersey, then worked for three years in the Fukui Prefectural Government as a Coordinator for International Relations on the JET Program.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Rutgers University-New Brunswick


  • East Asian History

MA Title

  • “Making a “Gateway to Japan”: Tsuruga, International Transportation Networks, and the Remapping of Japan’s Place in the World, 1895-1937″

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Marketing Japan’s Global Gateways: Commerce, Crisis, and the Making of Civic Identities in Japan’s Commercial Harbors, 1929-1941”

Selected Publications

  • Translation of Uno, Tsunehiro. “Imagination After the Earthquake: Japan’s Otaku Culture in the 2010s.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1:1 (2015). 114-136.


  • UW-Madison Graduate School Fellow (Fall 2018)
  • UW-Madison History Department Herfurth Fellow (Spring 2018)
  • Henry Luce Foundation Travel Grant (May 2017)
  • Fulbright-IIE Japan Dissertation Research Grant (AY 2016-2017)
  • UW-Madison Graduate School Student Research Travel Grant (Summer 2016)
  • Stanford University CEAS East Asia Library Research Travel Grant (Summer 2016)
  • SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Summer 2015)
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant for Korean (Summer 2014)
  • UW-Madison Chancellor’s Fellow (AY 2013-2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Global Urban History Project

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 103 – Survey of Chinese History to 1989 (Fall 2014)
  • History/EAS 104 – Japan from Ancient to Modern Times (Fall 2017)
  • History/Asian AM 160 – Asian American History (Fall 2015)
  • History 225/ES 404 – World Environmental History (Spring 2016)
  • History 335 – Korea 1945 to the Present (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)
  • History 363 – China and Asia in World War II (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 229 – Global Encounters in the 20th Century Pacific (Summer 2019)