My research interests focus around the history of law and the history of science, 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 cultivators in the Japanese empire induced shellfish to produce pearls and by which others in France and elsewhere tried to distinguish "cultured" pearls from "natural" ones. My research has been supported by Fulbright, Social Science Research Council IDRF, and Hyde fellowships.
I received an undergraduate degree with high honors in chemistry from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University. Several of the years that passed between the above-mentioned degrees were happily spent living and working in Japan. During my enrollment at Princeton I have spent two years as a visiting researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Kobe University.