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I received my doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015, with a dissertation on the aesthetics and politics of performing arts in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. My research interests include historical ethnomusicology, social history, critical theory, political economy and ecology, and the intersection between traditional and experimental music cultures.

Recent scholarly activity: 

I have just entered the academic job market, and have been busy with applications. I am also editing a piece on ecocriticism for a forthcoming edited volume (on music, sound, and nuclear power), revising a translation of the Okinawan musical drama Iejima Handō-gwa, and preparing for a summer research trip to Japan.

Recent publications: 

"Between Two Worlds: A Social History of Okinawan Musical Drama" (2015). Dissertation. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/9r74h4t8
"Critical Theory in Ecomusicology" (2015). In Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Nature, Environment, edited by Aaron S. Allen and Kevin Dawe. New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138804586
"Impossible Properties: Language and Legitimacy in Ong Keng Sen's Lear" (2014). International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies 10(2): 13-34. http://ijaps.usm.my/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/IJAPS-102-2014-Art-1-13-3...
"Theory 'Between Inside and Outside': A Response to Zachary Wallmark's 'Sacred Abjection in Zen Shakuhachi." (2012). Ethnomusicology Review 17: http://ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/journal/volume/17/piece/584 
"Silence By My Noise: An Ecocritical Aesthetic of Noise in Japanese Traditional Sound Culture and the Sound Art of Akita Masami" (2011). Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 15: 89-102. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14688417.2011.10589093#.VrUpo...

Forthcoming research: 

"Uyanma (The Kept Woman): Art and Politics in Meiji Period Okinawa." Forthcoming in Japan Studies Association Journal.
"Timizi nu in (The Bond of Water in Hands): An Early Period Kumiodori, as Staged by the National Theatre Okinawa." Forthcoming in Asian Theatre Journal.
"Capitalism" and "Colonialism." Forthcoming in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, edited by Janet Sturman. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
"Hearing Hyperobjects: Ecomusicology and Nuclear Criticism." Forthcoming in Sonic Contestations of Nuclear Power, edited by Noriko Manabe and Jessica Schwartz (book proposal in preparation).

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