Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Japanese History (Harvard University)
I am a graduate of the Imperial and Global History doctoral programme at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of History, and am now Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Japanese History at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. My work focuses on the history of science and technology, and on the material, intellectual, and social history of everyday tools and machines with reference to the history of Japan and on a global scale.
My article “The Magic Lantern as a Lens for Observing the Eye in Tokugawa Japan: Technology, Translation, and the Rangaku Movement” was recently published in Modern Asian Studies. I am currently completing the manuscript for my first book, which will explore the history of the magic lantern in Japan from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and which will offer, through this little-known topic, a re-examination of the mechanisms of technological change within a transnational scope.
My other research interests include the history of observation, media, visual culture, translation, and the public sphere, and critical engagement with established categories and chronologies in history writing. I am co-editor of a forthcoming interdisciplinary volume on the meaning and legacy of the “Opening of Japan” in the nineteenth century.