My research interests focus around legal history and the history of the physical and life sciences, most often in Japan but sometimes in other places too. For my dissertation I am delving into the history of cultured pearls by looking at two important ways, namely aquaculture and gemological appraisal, through which people worked with them in Japan and in France.
I received an undergraduate degree with high honors in chemistry from Dartmouth College. I have a master's degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University too. Several of the years that passed between the above-mentioned degrees were happily spent living and working in Japan. I spent the 2011-12 academic year as a visiting researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. I will be affiliated with Kobe University starting this fall.