I specialise in the History of Japan, and in particular the history of science and technology in Japan over the “long” nineteenth century, from the 1770s to the 1910s. My work has a transnational focus and transregional scope, exploring themes of intellectual, cultural, and technological exchange between Japan and the wider world across this period, and pursuing a new understanding of Japan in global context through re-interpreting and de-centring the determinative influence of the West.
I grew up on the east coast of Scotland, and, prior to Oxford, I received an MA (Hons) in History from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Historical Research Methods from SOAS, University of London.
I arrived at Oxford in 2015. I teach tutorials for the History Faculty and Oriental Institute in Modern Japanese History. I am also co-convenor of the weekly Japanese History Workshop at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, and co-organiser of the upcoming two-day international conference, “Reopening the ‘Opening of Japan’”, taking place at the Nissan Institute and St Antony’s College in May 2019.
My forthcoming article, “The Magic Lantern as a Lens for Observing the Eye in Tokugawa Japan: Technology, Translation, and the Rangaku Movement”, will be published in Modern Asian Studies. My current work has received funding from St Edmund Hall, the Toshiba International Foundation, the Toyota-Shi Trevelyan Trust, and the British Association of Japanese Studies.