Director of Studies
Welcome to Forbes College! As Director of Studies I look forward to getting to know all of you and helping you to take advantage of the wealth of academic resources and intellectual pursuits available at Princeton. I work closely with Dean Hodgson to provide students with academic advice and support through the Forbes College Office. Specifically, I meet with first and second year students to discuss such things as course selection, academic support, fellowship applications, and deciding on a major. Students also come to meet with me when they need to discuss deadline extensions and general academic concerns. I recruit and provide support for the faculty and peer advisers in Forbes. I also enjoy working with all Forbes residents to help them transform good ideas into programs and events for our community such as the Garden Project at Forbes, the Ubikes program, and our new digital media lab.
I grew up on the West Coast--around the Bay Area in San Jose and in Washington State--and have lived in New York, Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Osaka. I went to Columbia University for my undergraduate degree, taught there as a visiting professor, and try to make regular trips back to the city to enjoy the diversity and creative energy of New York. My wife, Meg, has been a dean of college admissions so I feel 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 big Yankees fan) who is in high school and my daughter Ella who will be in fourth grade this fall--around Forbes. I come to Princeton from Amherst College in Massachusetts where I taught Japanese film and literature and advised students for seven years. 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 and Japanese literature. I encourage you to drop by the College Office or come chat with me in the dining hall sometime.