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Whitman College
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marine environmental history, whaling, coastal sailing, Tokugawa Japan
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About Me

I am a marine environmental historian focused on early modern/Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868). My research overall works to re-situate the ocean in Japanese history and highlight the maritime space of the archipelago, both on its own and in conjunction with Japan’s terrestrial space. My current project is focused on the role of coastal shipping and the experiences of sailors on the ships constructed for coastal trade in the Tokugawa.

Recent Publications

“Heroic Whalers Hunting Whale-Mothers: Gender in the Early-Modern Japanese Whaling Industry,” Coriolis: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies 10:1 (2020) 48-69.

“Nineteenth-Century Japanese Whaling and Early Territorial Expansion in the Pacific.” In Ryan Tucker Jones and Angela Wanhalla, eds. “New Histories of Pacific Whaling,” RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2019, no. 5, p. 57-63.

Bringing Whales Ashore: Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan. Weyerhaeuser Environmental Series. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018.

“Whale Meat in Early Postwar Japan: Natural Resources and Food Culture.” Environmental History. 21:3 Advance Access published April 13, 2016, doi:10.1093/envhis/emw004.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
East Asia, Japan, Pacific
Expertise by Chronology
Early Modern
Expertise by Topic