Education

University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
Ph.D., Visual Studies (September 2015)
Dissertation: Ainu Fever: Indigenous Representation in a Transnational Visual Economy, 1868-1933
Committee: Bert Winther-Tamaki [Advisor], Roberta Wue, Fatimah Tobing Rony

University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
M.A., Visual Studies (December 2010)
Qualifying Paper: Creating an Origin, Preserving a Past: Arnold Genthe’s 1908 Ainu Photography

Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
B.A., East Asian Studies with Honors, minor in Japanese (May 2007)

Professional Appointments

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art & Art History, St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN), 2016-2019

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art & Art History, St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), 2015-2016

Publications

Book Chapters

“‘Civilized’ Men and ‘Superstitious’ Women: Visualizing the Hokkaido Ainu in Isabella Bird’s Unbeaten Tracks, 1880,” in Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th–20th Centuries, edited by Lara Blanchard and Kristen Chiem (forthcoming December 2017, Brill Publishers)

Translations

Takashina Erika. Sea of Hybridization: In Dispute over Urashima” from The Sea Beyond: Hōsui, Seiki, Tenshin, and the West. Review of Japanese Culture and Society 26:1 (2014), 80-103.

Other

“What’s Your Sutori? Interactive Study Guides and Active Note-Taking” in AHTR Weekly, Art History Teaching Resources (in preparation)

Should You Pull?: Gachapon, Risk, and Reward in Mobile Gaming,” in First Person Scholar (September 6, 2017)

Navigating Space and Place: Digital Cartography in the Classroom” in AHTR Weekly, Art History Teaching Resources (March 31, 2017)

At the Limits of Visibility: Noritaka Minami’s Past Won’t Pass (Catalog #52)” in Octopus Journal, 5 (2011): 1-4.

Awards, Grants & Fellowships

Fellowships

2014-2015 Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship, UC Irvine
2013-2014 Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship, Pacific Rim Research Program, University of California
2013 Spencer Baird Resident Scholar Program, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
2013 Summer Dissertation Fellowship, School of Humanities, UC Irvine
2010 Irvine Museum Summer Fellowship, UC Irvine
2008-2009 UC Regents Fellowship, UC Irvine

Awards

2011-2012 Outstanding Essay in Visual Studies Award, UC Irvine
2011-2012 Robyn Shikiya Memorial Graduate Award, UC Irvine
2010-2011 Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize, Japan Art History Forum
2010-2011 Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Art History Award, UC Irvine
2009-2010 Robyn Shikiya Memorial Graduate Award, UC Irvine

Grants

2017 Curriculum Development Grant (w/ Gabrielle Filip-Crawford), Academic Professional Development Committee, St. Catherine University
2017 Peter Rollins Travel Grant, Popular Culture Association
2014 Graduate Student Research & Travel Grant, Graduate Division, UC Irvine
2012 Humanities Collective Research Grant, UC Irvine
2011 Center for Asian Studies Research Grant, UC Irvine
2011 International Center for Writing and Translation Travel Grant, UC Irvine

Presentations, Conferences & Workshops

2018

Reproducing Alterity: Photography, Illustration, and the Maintenance of Ainu Stereotypes in Meiji and Taisho Japan,” paper to be delivered on the “Optics: Race, Religion, and Technology in East Asian Visual Culture, 1868-1949” panel at the American Historical Association (AHA) Conference, Washington D.C., January 4-7, 2018.

 

2017

Chun-Li’s Qipao: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Fashion in Capcom’s Street Fighter II,” paper delivered at the 47th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, San Diego (April 12-15, 2017)

The Texture of Crepe: Western Women and the Connoisseurship of Japanese Crepe Paper Books (chirimen-bon),” paper delivered at the second annual Art Historians of the Twin Cities Symposium, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (April 1, 2017)

Mapping the Northern Frontier: Geo-Spatial Visualization and the Exploration of Indigenous Culture in Japan,” lightning paper delivered at the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, Michigan State University (March 16-17, 2017)

 

2016

Fighting Stereotypes: Reimagining Gender and Race in Street Fighter II (1991) and Samurai Shodown (1993),” paper delivered at the SGMS/Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Culture, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (September 23-25, 2016)

“Recasting the Indigenous: Virtual Ainu Ambassadors in Japan’s Samurai Spirits, 1993–2008,” paper delivered at the Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, New Media, and Feminism, University of Notre Dame (June 16-18, 2016)

“Touring the Indigenous Village: Kondō Kōichiro’s Ainu Illustrations, 1917,” paper delivered at the first annual Art Historians of the Twin Cities Symposium, St. Catherine University (April 2, 2016)

 

2014

“Constructing the Indigenous: Nineteenth-Century Circulation and Transformation of the Ainu Image in British and American Print Culture,” paper delivered at the Nineteenth Century Workshop (Theme: Circulation), Rutgers University. (October 2, 2014)

An Itinerary of Hokkaido: Photo Postcards, Tourism, and Erasing the Indigenous Body,” paper delivered at the Eighteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Sophia University, Tokyo. (June 21, 2014)

 

2013

Untangling a ‘Hairy’ Encounter: Ainu Representation at the World’s Fair,” invited paper delivered at the Isamu Noguchi & Qi Baishi: And Other Inspiring Encounters In and Beyond Modern Asian Art Symposium, University of Michigan Museum of Art. (May 18, 2013)

Discovering Hokkaido: Postcards, Train Travel, and the Mapping of Tourist Space,” paper delivered at the Nature of Space, Visual Arts Graduate Student Conference, UC San Diego. (March 9, 2013)

 

2012

Exploring the Real Hokkaido: A.H. Savage Landor’s Travel Illustrations, 1893,” paper delivered at Rethinking the Space and Place of Japan: Japanese Art and Globalizations Conference, UCLA (April 7, 2012)

“’When My Clothes Came to an End I Did Without Them: Going Native in Hokkaido, Japan” Pechakucha paper delivered at the Constructing Worlds: Making and Breaking Order, Visual Studies Graduate Student Conference, UC Irvine (April 5, 2012)

The Ainu Moses: Arnold Genthe’s 1908 Ainu Photography,” paper delivered at the Japan Art History Forum graduate panel, College Arts Association, Los Angeles (February 24, 2012)

 

2011

Tamoto Kenzō’s Hokkaido: Power in Studio and Documentary Photography,” paper delivered at Center for Asian Studies Graduate Student Forum, UC Irvine (October 27, 2011)

Teaching Experience

Asian Art & Visual Culture

Global Japan: Art, Anime and Visual Culture, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Spring 2017)

Arts of Japan, Art and Art History/Asian Studies, St. Olaf College (Spring 2016)

Visual Culture in Modern Japan, Art and Art History, St. Olaf College (Spring 2016)

Godzilla to Hello Kitty: Japanese Popular Culture, Art History/Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine (Summer 2013)

Buddhist Art and Architecture, Art History/Religious Studies, UC Irvine (Summer 2012)

Teaching Assistant, Art History, Asian American Studies, and Film in Media Studies, UC Irvine (2009-2014)

 

Global / Western Art & Visual Culture

Introduction to Art History: Ancient to Medieval, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Spring 2017)

Ways of Seeing, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Fall 2016)

Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Fall 2016)

History of Photography, Art and Art History, St. Olaf College (Spring 2016)

World Architecture, Art and Art History, St. Olaf College (Fall 2015)

 

Outside of Art History

Japanese Civilization, History, St. Olaf College (Winter Interim 2016)

Research & Study Abroad

Hokkaido University (北海道大学) (2013-2014)
Research Student (研究生), Department of Japanese History (日本史学講座), Graduate School of Letters (大学院文学研究科) (Sapporo, Japan)

Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Summer, 2013)
Spencer Baird Society Resident Scholar (Washington D.C.)

Hiroshima City University (広島市立大学) (Summer, 2009)
Hiroshima and Peace Graduate Program (Hiroshima, Japan)

International Christian University (国際基督教大学) (2005-2006)
Intensive Japanese Language Program (Tokyo, Japan)

Digital Projects

Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre. Sample Digital Assignment. StoryMapJS. (St. Olaf College, Spring 2016).

Utagawa Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō. Sample Digital Assignment. StoryMapJS. (St. Olaf College, Winter Interim 2016).

Traveling Hokkaido in the Late Nineteenth Century. ArcGIS. 2015 (In Progress)

Professional Development

Participant, St. Catherine University Scholar’s Retreat, St. Catherine University (July 2017)

Session Chair, Console-ing Passions (International Conference on Television, Video, New Media, and Feminism). University of Notre Dame (Summer 2016)

Lecturer, Mini-Course on Art History (for students in grades 6–9), TRIO Educational Talent Search Program. St. Olaf College, Northfield (Spring 2016)

Semi-finalist, UCI Grad Slam Competition (3 Minute Thesis Competition), Graduate Division, UC Irvine (Winter 2015)

Participant, Graduate Student Roundtable, Art History Undergraduate Association, UC Irvine (Spring, 2013)

Graduate Respondent, Visual Studies Pedagogical Roundtable, Department of Art History, UC Irvine (Fall, 2012)

Certificate in Advanced College Teaching and Job Preparation, Teaching Learning and Technology Center, UC Irvine (Spring, 2012)

Staff Member & Web Designer, Octopus Journal (2008-2012)

Co-Editor, Octopus Journal, UC Irvine (2011-2012)

Graduate Representative, Department of Art History, UC Irvine (2010-2012)

Graduate Respondent, Art History Pedagogical Roundtable, Department of Art History, UC Irvine (Fall, 2011)

Graduate Respondent, Visual Studies Faculty/Grad Colloquia, UC Irvine (Spring, 2010)

Languages

Japanese
German (reading w/ dictionary)
Spanish (reading w/ dictionary)