I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in East Asian History in the Department of History at the University of York. I am also a Research Associate of the Japan Research Centre at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before arriving at York, I was Past & Present Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. I obtained my PhD from the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and also spent two years conducting research at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo with the support of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). I have spent six years studying and researching in Japan, beginning with 18 months of intensive language study at the Yamasa Institute followed by two years earning an MA at Reitaku University. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I also began to pursue what became an enduring interest in Chinese philosophy and history.