I am originally from New York. I received my BS in Physics with minors in Biology and Japanese Studies from Stony Brook University (State University of New York). I then completed an MA in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University. I also have an MS in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Tokyo. In 2012-13, I was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University.
My academic study has led to the study of Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic in their modern and pre-modern forms as well as the study of Persian, classical Greek, and now Korean. While my current research prioritizes Japanese and Chinese and my side research projects include engagement with Arabic, I am keen to continue literary and historical examinations that incorporate these languages to conduct research on sources and help reveal avenues of transnationalism in the pre-modern world.
In 2014, I spent three weeks in Ise City, Japan at the "Ise and Japan" program on Ise's culture from its earliest origins into contemporary society. During summer 2014, I taught two courses as lecturer (instructor) at Stony Brook University on "Asian and Medicine" and "Manga and Anime," both of which I had designed.
In 2015, I was awarded a Merit Prize (lit. Encouragement Prize) in the Toshiba International Foundation's Toshiba International Essay Contest on "What does the world expect of Japan?" Earlier in 2015, I was a finalist in the SPPA Business Japanese Speech Contest.
Most recently, I received the 2015-6 Aoi Global Research Award and, in 2016, with the help of this award, I will conduct archival research in Tokyo in affiliation with Keio University.
During this academic year I have supervised for various levels of Japanese language and East Asian history courses as a supervisor (teaching assistant) at Cambridge.
My doctoral project investigates Chinese medicine in early Japan. It primarily investigates how medicine is conceptualized by early Japanese compilers of medicine. The focus of my research is on Tanba no Yasuyori and his Ishinpō.
My doctoral project is a part of a larger study in the medical literary traditions of Asia, in particular Japan and the Islamic world, but also East Asia and the Greco-Roman-Islamic traditions as a whole. As a literary tradition, there is much to be learned from medical texts, especially between their evident transnational and transcultural nature.
My larger interests include how civilizations negotiate foreign intellectual traditions and studies of the normalization process of content. I am interested in medieval medical literary traditions as medical traditions develop and grow in peripheries as seen from the perspective of these traditions' origins. In particular this involves Greek medicine and other medicine in the Islamic world and Chinese medicine in Japan. The Graeco-Arabic translation movement coincides with the acquisition of Chinese medicine by Japan during the medieval period.
I have also recently become interested in the development of language in East Asia, especially the adoption of Chinese characters in Japan and Korea as well as pre-Sinitic and hangul/kana notification methods. There has been much new scholarship on this over the past decade. Once my Korean has improved and my doctoral project is complete, I will pursue this further.
Japanology (Japanese studies); Sinology (Chinese studies); Islamic studies; history of science and medicine; intellectual history; medieval and early modern studies; comparative literature; historical linguistics and paleography; popular culture and cultural history; modern perspectives on the past
Localized interests: medicine in East Asia and West Asia (the Middle East); medical transmission, appropriation, and communication (esp. Graeco-Roman-Islamic, Sino-Islamic, and Sino-Korean-Japanese); early modern Japan (Edo); contemporary historiography of non-Western societies; visual culture (early modern ukiyo-e, modern manga, etc).
I am interested in languages (and their acquisition), Japanese manga, Chinese medicine, qigong.
Encyclopedia Articles (Peer-reviewed)
"Japanese Popular Culture" in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
"Abū Bakr al-Rāzī" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
"Chemistry and Alchemy" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
"Classification of Sciences" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
"Ḥunayn bin Isḥāq" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
"Jābir ibn Ḥayyān" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
"Medicine" in "Pre-history to 1250; Middle East" in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia. London: Sage Publications, 2012.
"Science" in "Pre-history to 1250; Middle East" in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia. London: Sage Publications, 2012.
"Japan's Ministry of Resources and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science" and "Towards a Total-War System." Translation of chapters 4 and 5 from Hiroshige, Tetsu, Kagaku no shakaishi: Kindai nihon no kagaku taisei [Social History of (Japanese) Science: Modern Japan's System of Science]. Tokyo: Chūō kōronsha. D. Kim Foundation (dkimfoundation.org).
"Ishinpō and Life Cultivation in Ancient Japan"
Mar 17 2015 - Invitation Lunchtime Seminar Series at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Jan 20 2015 - DEAS Postgraduate Research Seminar at University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Jan 8 2015 - British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference at University College London, London, UK
"Negotiating Medicine: The Ishinpō and Locality"
Dec 2 2014 - DEAS Postgraduate Research Seminar at University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
May 16 2014 - Text Reading Seminar at Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
Apr 25 2014 - British Association of Japanese Studies' Advanced Postgraduate Conference at SOAS, London, UK
Feb 21 2014 - Multiplying Horizons at Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
2011/07 - World History Association Conference at Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
"Chinese Sphygmology in Arabic Medicine," paper presentation
2011/03 – Asian Conference of Cultural Studies, International Academic Forum, Osaka, Japan
"Debunking a Myth or Empowering an Idea," paper presentation
2007/05 – Princeton University Graduate Student Symposium at Princeton University, NJ, USA
On Beriberi in early 20th century Japanese media, paper presentation.