asahi building sunset

I am a cultural anthropologist focusing on contemporary Japan, with interest in ideals and experiences of family lives, constructions of intimacy, and legal anthropology. My book manuscript, “Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan,” considers how people negotiate freedom, happiness, and desire through divorce. My newer research project considers the intersections of family and citizenship in transnational relationships, particularly international child custody disputes and abductions.

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. I serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Center for Japanese Studies, and welcome applications to join the Undergraduate Advisory Board.

I am the series editor for a new book series, Asia Pop!, from the University of Hawai’i Press. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the series or would like to submit a proposal.

In the picture above, you see me, extremely jet lagged, in front of Tokyo’s SkyTree as reflected in the Asahi building. Both buildings are easy to make fun of, but I love the colors in this shot.