I am a historian of the 20th-century United States. My research and writing focus on comparative race and ethnic relations; gender and migration; and interracial intimacy
I received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in June 2018 and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University the following year. Before Harvard, I was a Pre-doctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) with a joint appointment in History and Global Studies and Languages. I earned my B.A. in History with high distinction in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley and I also earned an Associate of Arts degree from Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago where I am completing my first book project, A Gendered Diaspora: Intimacy and Empire in the Making of Japanese America, 1908-1952, under contract with New York University (NYU) Press.
Mr. Kay, Contingent Magazine
The Sound of the Japanese Diaspora: An Interview with G Yamazawa, Discover Nikkei
Hapa Music is Black and Brown: Jhené Aiko and the Problem of Multiracial Self-Representation, Discover Nikkei
Japanese War Brides in Post-WWII America, Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago, Illinois in July 2018. View on Chicago CAN TV here
Photo from the War Brides Symposium sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum and USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. View on C-SPAN here.
Interracial Intimacies Symposium, University of Chicago, April 2018. Full program can be found here.