I am pursuing a DPhil in History as a Clarendon scholar, generously funded by the Oxford-Kobe Scholarship tenable at St. Catherine’s College. I research the intellectual and cultural history of Japan from transnational and non-state perspectives, particularly with a focus on cosmology and democracy from the 1880s to the 1970s, which I loosely call ‘political cosmology’, ‘cosmological thought and action’, or uchū shisō (宇宙思想).
I completed my second master’s degree in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge with full funding from Trinity College Cambridge. Prior to Cambridge, I completed a master’s degree in Japanese Studies at Oxford, where I was also a Clarendon and Oxford-Kobe scholar. My MSc dissertation on the thought and action of ‘mixed-race’ poet Hirano Imao (平野威馬雄) was awarded the Arthur Stockwin Best Dissertation Prize by the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies in 2022 and the Ivan Morris Memorial Prize (second prize) by the British Association for Japanese Studies in 2023.
I transferred to Amherst College in the U.S.A. for my bachelor’s with a fully funded Niijima Scholarship, and my undergraduate honours thesis was supported by the Gregory S. Call Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Before transferring to Amherst, I spent 3.5 years enrolled at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, where I was awarded an Undergraduate Award for Distinction in 2018. For one of those years, I studied at the University of California at Berkeley under an exchange study abroad program, which was partially funded by the Gyomu Super Japan Dream Foundation Scholarship.
My graduate studies have also been supported by a Rufus B. Kellogg University Fellowship from Amherst College (2021–2024).
intellectual and cultural history, transnational non-state and non-imperial history, Japan, anthropological and political theory, (political) cosmology, political ecology, democracy, environmentalism, symbiosis, race & ethnicity, gender & sexuality, anarchist natural sciences, anarchist literature, and the supernatural.
MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, 2022–23 (University of Cambridge, Trinity College), distinction.
MSc in Japanese Studies, 2021–22 (University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College), distinction.
BA in Anthropology and Political Science, 2019–2021 (Amherst College), summa cum laude with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa.
Undergraduate student, Political Science with a concentration in International Relations (no degree), Doshisha University 2016–2019.
Exchange student, University of California at Berkeley, 2017–2018.