Dean of Forbes
Welcome to Forbes College! I look forward to getting to know you and helping you to take advantage of the wealth of academic resources and intellectual pursuits available at Princeton. After serving as Director of Studies in Forbes for several years, I am very excited to begin my new role as Dean this fall. I’ll advise you about your classes, major, and fellowship applications, but I'm always glad to talk with you about other issues as well. As Dean I have special responsibility for advising juniors and seniors. However, I work closely with the staff of the Forbes College Office to support every member of the Forbes community. I particularly enjoy collaborating with Forbes residents to develop programming and projects related to sustainability and the environment.
I grew up on the West Coast and have lived in such great cities as New York, Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Osaka. I went to Columbia University for my undergraduate degree, later taught there as a visiting professor, and make regular trips back to the city to enjoy the diversity, amazing food, and creative energy of New York. My wife, Meg, was a high school teacher for many years and then served as a dean of college admissions. From her work I have a particularly keen sense of what you have accomplished in making this journey to Princeton. You are certain to meet my family--including my son Jake (a soccer player and musician) who is in high school and my daughter Ella who will be starting middle school this fall--around Forbes. I come to Princeton from Amherst College in Massachusetts where I taught Japanese film and literature. Before that I was at Yale University where I completed my Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures. My academic training is in classical Japanese literature and religion so I'm eager to talk with students about everything from anime to Zen Buddhism. Please visit my personal webpage for information I've put together on academic advising and interesting links related to the study of Japan. I encourage you to drop by the College Office. My door is always open!