I hold a bachelor's degree in Japanese and Korean from the University of Oxford, during which time I was a scholarship student at the universities of Keiō and Kwansei Gakuin in Japan, and Kyung-Hee University in Korea. My master's degree in Japanese Literature was also completed at the University of Oxford, with a thesis focussing on the little-known Marxist poet Nakano Suzuko. During my PhD studies, I have also spent research time at Sungkyunkwan University and Hanyang University in Korea, and Osaka University and Waseda University in Japan.
My doctoral thesis is a comparative project that focuses on leftist or proletarian women's writing from the period of the Japanese occupation of Korea, between 1910 and 1945. The project is centered around the work of six women writers; the Japanese writers Miyamoto Yuriko, Hirabayashi Taiko, and Sata Ineko, and the Korean writers Kang Kyŏng-ae, Pak Hwa-sŏng, and Paek Shin-ae. In particular, I am interested in looking at common themes in the way these women constructed women as subjects in their writing during times of rapid modernization and tumultuous change.
Women's writing (particularly pre-1945); women's history; feminist and gender theory; marxist theory; cultural materialism; nationalism; Japan-Korea relations; North Korea.