I am a historian of early Japan at the University of Sydney and editor of PMJS: Premodern Japanese Studies (pmjs.org). My research focuses primarily on the history of cities and architecture before 1800 and I have recently finalized a book manuscript on the urban history of Kyoto from 794 to 1600. Forthcoming from the University of Hawai'i Press, the title will be Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan's Premodern Capital. A companion web site is currently under development at www.kyotohistory.com
Other research interests include comparative urban history, religion, material culture, and art.
I trained in architectural and urban history at Kyoto University and completed my PhD in East Asian Studies at Princeton University (2005). I am the history area editor for the journal Japanese Studies.
I teach widely on all periods of Japanese history and historiography, research methods in Asian Studies, classical Japanese, and more broadly on the histories and cultures of East Asia.
I am a native of Michigan and dual citizen of the United States and Australia.