Program: History of Science
Fields of Study: History of East Asian Science, Japanese History, History of Early Modern Science
Advisor: Benjamin Elman, David Howell, Michael Gordin
My main focus of inquiry is the history of science in East Asia, specifically Japan. Methodologically, I focus on the role of artifacts, and especially instruments, in the process of conceptualization of the surrounding world.
In my dissertation, titled “The Matter of Time: The Timekeepers of Edo Period Japan”, I explore the history of Edo period (1600-1868) mechanical clocks. Initially imported from the West by the Jesuits the clocks were modified to measure time according to the time system, in which the length of hours changed with the seasons. Looking at the peculiar evolution in the technology and design of these clocks, I trace the their social significance as well as their role in the sciences of the period, especially in astronomy, cartography and navigation.
My other research interests include early modern European history of science and technology, the history of East Asian meteorology, Russo-Japanese scientific relations, the circulation of scientific objects between Europe, China, Russian and Japan, as well as issues related to translation of science.