Program-Specific Junior Associate Professor


Current Position

Program-Specific Junior Associate Professor, Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, Kyoto University

Research Field, Activities and Interests

My research interests lie at intersections of environmental history and the history of science and technology. At present I have two primary projects. In different ways, both focus on the history of culture and cultivation as yōshoku, a term now often translated from Japanese into English as “aquaculture.” The first project rethinks aquacultural history by tracing the simultaneously global and coastal histories of Japan’s Shima region, which has been reshaped by marine pearl cultivation since the late nineteenth century. A second project, conducted jointly with Professor Matthew Booker of North Carolina State University and the United States National Humanities Center, follows the rise and fall of a massive twentieth-century trade in living “seed” oysters between Northeastern Japan and the North American Pacific Northwest.


PhD, Princeton University