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Modern Japanese history, East Asian history, urban studies and history, social movements, imperialism and colonialism, globalization, Pacific Rim history.
Biography, Education and Training
2015 PhD in History, UC Santa Cruz
Dissertation Chair—Alan Christy (History)
Secondary Advisors—Noriko Aso (History), Alice Yang (History)
March 2014- Completed Graduate Student Leadership Certification Program
2013-2014 UCSC Graduate Division Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Visiting Researcher, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan January 2013 to January 2014
Dissertation research, participant in Naoyuki Umemori’s seminars on modern Japanese political thought and history.
2011 Master of Arts in History, UC Santa Cruz
2006 Master of Arts in Asian Studies, San Diego State University
2002 Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, Minor Japanese, Northern Arizona University
Honors, Awards and Grants
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
2012 Institute of Humanities Research, travel funding to UCHRI seminar in 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 Studies, 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 Program, 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
- "'Sunagawa Struggle’ ignited anti-U.S. base resistance across Japan." The Japan Times. May 3, 2015.
- 'IMPASSE AT MCAS FUTENMA', Critical Asian Studies, 42:3, 457 – 468. (September 2010)
- “普天間の袋小路はワシントンでつくられている (The impasse at Futenma is created in Washington).” Sekai, (Iwanami Shoten: January/February 2010). Sugita Hiroki, translator.
- “Yes, You Too Can ‘Win in China’: An Interview with Filmmaker Ole Schell,” The China Beat (www.thechinabeat.org), October 15, 2009. (Republished at the Japan Policy Research Institute, JPRI Critique Vol. XV, No. 5. November 2009)
- “Higher Education in Old Macau,” Sign-In Macau, August/September 2009.
- “Rolling the Dice in Macau,” The China Beat (www.thechinabeat.org), August 11, 2009.
- Wright, Dustin. “Inserting America into Japanese History Woes.” The Japan Policy Research Institute (www.jpri.org), JPRI Working Paper 112 (August 2007).
· 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.
· “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.
· “Shifting Terrains of Struggle in Japan and Japanese Studies.” Triangle Center for Japanese Studies, North Carolina. April 11-13, 2014.
· Social Science Research Council and Association for Asian Studies Dissertation Workshop, "Dispossession, Capital, and the State.” Philadelphia. March 30-April 2, 2014.
· “Spaces of Resistance.” University of California Humanities Research Institute’s Seminar on Experimental Critical Theory VIII, American University in Beirut, Lebanon. July 29-August 8, 2012.
· 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.
· “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.
· 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)
Japanese History (ancient, medieval, modern), Gender in Japanese History, East Asian History, World History, Globalization, Empire and Colonialism, Okinawan History, A Peoples' Cold War History, International Relations, Japan-U.S. Relations, Pacific Rim studies.
Lecturer, Department of History, UC Santa Cruz 2015-2017
Imperial Japan, 1868-1945 (Upper Division); Food Empires of Asia and the Pacific; Memory and History in the Okinawan Islands (Upper Division); Social Movements and U.S. Military Bases in the Pacific (Senior Seminar); The Making of Modern East Asia (Survey, twice taught); Modern Japan (Upper Division); Ancient Japan (Upper Division); Imagining Justice, Past and Present (Freshman core writing seminar)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Cruz Winter 2010 to 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)
• HIS 150C Modern Japan (Noriko Aso)
Lecturer, Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego Fall 2007-Spring 2009
• Twice invited to design and teach upper division Japan-U.S Relations course.
Lecturer, International Relations, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, California Spring 2009
• Invited to design and teach Introduction to International Relations and Introduction to Latin American Studies courses.
Other University Service:
Graduate Student Assistant, September 2014-March 2015
• Assist 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, UC Santa Cruz January 2013
• Translated Ōe Kanzaburö’s writings on Huckleberry Finn and Ralph Ellison. Under direction of Christine Hong, Department of Literature.