I am happy to be contacted by students who are considering applying to join our department. I work with students who share regional or topical research interests with me, including those who focus on kinship, divorce, law, citizenship / nation, intimacy, anthropology, or contemporary Japanese studies.
UNDERGRADUATE SENIOR THESIS ADVISING
Primary advisor for Sommer Albert: “Mad Girl’s Love Song: A Heuristic Inquiry into the Intrapersonal Experience of Having a Crush” 2020 B.A. in Gender & Health and Psychology with a Minor in LGBTQ* Studies and Sexuality, the University of Michigan.
Primary advisor for Zari Smith: “Localization of Japanese Video Games” 2020 B.A. in Asian Studies focusing on Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan.
Second reader for Mari A. Alvarez: "TRANSforming Healthcare: An Examination of Cisnormativity in Patient-Provider Interactions." 2019 High Honors B.A. in Women's Studies, the University of Michigan. Mx. Alvarez is now working on joint MAs in Social Work and Public Health.
Primary advisor for Chelsea Jack
: “Understanding the Relationship between Law and Subjectivity in the Honor System at the University of Virginia.” 2014 Honors B.A. in Anthropology and Political & Social Thought, the University of Virginia. Ms. Jack is now a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Yale University.
Primary advisor for Xinyan Peng: ““Korean Wave” in Taipei: The Construction of Beautiful Women.” 2013 B.A. in Anthropology and Economics, the University of Virginia. Dr. Peng earned a Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and is now an Assistant Professor at Shandong University.
Committee chair for Alice Register: “Destination Okinawa: Representation as Practiced in Contemporary Okinawan Society” (M.A. in Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2018).
Committee chair for Karin Tompkins: “Goals and Motivations of Students Studying Japanese as a Second or Foreign Language.” (M.A. in Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2018).
Committee member for Gal Lahav: “LGBTQ+ Pride and Representation in Contemporary Tokyo." (M.A. in Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2018).
Committee member (2011-2012) for Catherine Madeo: “The New Mammoni: Why the cultural perception of Italy’s mama’s boys has changed” (M.A. in Anthropology, the University of Virginia, 2012).
Committee chair for Kunisuke Hirano
: “Refusing the Mainstream: Strategizing for Uncertain Futures through Educational Choices in Contemporary Japan” (Doctoral student, Asian Languages and Culture, the University of Michigan).
Committee member for Swarnim Khare
: “Tihar Jail: Writing Innocence, Writing Torture” (Doctoral student, Asian Languages and Culture, the University of Michigan).
Committee member for Whitney Hegseth
: “Comparing to Uncover: The Whys, Hows, and Whats of Schooling” (Doctoral student, School of Education, the University of Michigan).
Committee member (2015-2019) and previously chair (2012-15) for Macario Garcia
: “Sensing Incarceration: Mobility, Animacy, and Becoming Human in Correctional America.” (Ph.D. in Anthropology, the University of Virginia, 2019). Dr. Garcia is now a Research Manager at the American Voices Project.
Committee member (2015-17) and previously chair (2013-15) for Dannah Dennis:
“Re-Imagining the Nation: Citizens in the New Nepal.” (Ph.D. in Anthropology, the University of Virginia, 2017). Dr. Dennis is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College.
Outside reader (2014-15) for Anand Rao’s
dissertation: “Self-Help or Self-Destruction? Immigration Politics in Germany, Italy, and Japan” (Ph.D. in Politics, the University of Virginia, 2015). Dr. Rao is now an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at State University of New York, Geneseo.
Outside reader (2011-2012) for Jessica Starling’s
dissertation: “A Family of Clerics: Temple Wives, Tradition, and Change in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu Temples” (Ph.D. in Religious Studies, the University of Virginia, 2012). Dr. Starling is now an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lewis & Clark College.