I'm 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 urban and architectural history of Japan to 1800 yet my interests extend to cultural properties and preservation, religion, material culture, and art. I'm currently working on a biography of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu that focuses on the shogun's material legacy.
My first monograph, Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan's Premodern Capital, is available from the University of Hawai'i Press and a companion web site provides related images, maps, and learning materials: www.kyotohistory.com
I trained in architectural and urban history at Kyoto University and completed my PhD in East Asian Studies at Princeton University (2005). I teach 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.