I am a historian of modern Japan with research and teaching interests in the cultural and social histories of psychiatry, medicine, folk culture, colonialism, and gender. I teach courses on Japanese and Korean history; the global human sciences; and religion and medicine.
I am currently working on a book manuscript that traces the evolution of ideas and experiences of mental illness (seishinbyō) in Japan around the turn of the twentieth century. The book explores how the concept of mental illness clashed with older beliefs about madness and blended with new social anxieties about family, gender, and the urban-rural divide. My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Institute of International Education, and the Japanese-American Association of New York.