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I am an Associate Professor in the Asian Studies Department, affiliated with the History Department, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I teach Asian Studies courses in premodern Japanese history and culture, and advise graduate students in the History Department with interests in medieval and early modern Japan, material culture, and other issues in Asian history. I am also the Director of the Carolina Asia Center. Some of my writing can be found through the following links:




current research:

  • my book spectacular accumulation: material culture, tokugawa ieyasu, and the politics of warrior sociability, is being published by the university of hawaii press in 2015. it is a study of the role of things in the culture and politics of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, with particular focus on the career of the founder of the tokugawa shogunate.
  • writing a book titled daily life and destruction in medieval japanese castle towns on the archaeology of the everyday and its demise in towns such as ichijodani, bungo funai, azuchi, and kusado sengen.
  • writing a book titled the cultural politics of time in kyoto on the cultural practices and products of tea masters, aristocrats, and elite urban commoners in the imperial capital in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.


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