Assistant Professor of History (Environmental, Japan)

Maxey 218


Ph.D., 2014, Harvard University - History and East Asian Languages

A.M., 2008, Harvard University - Regional Studies, East Asia

MSc, 2000, Dalhousie University - Biology

B.A., 1998, Wellesley College - Biological Sciences and Medieval/Renaissance Studies

Research Areas

• Marine environmental history
• Early modern and modern Japanese history (1600-present)
• History of Science, Animal history (particularly whales)

Courses, 2018-19

On Sabbatical, Spring 2019

Fall 2018

(HIST-205) East Asian Environmental History

(HIST-231) Oceans Past and Future: Introduction to Marine Environmental History

(HIST-355) Pacific Whaling History

Other Past Courses

(GENS-145,146) Encounters: The First-Year Experience

(HIST-109) East Asian History to 1600
(HIST-155): Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral: Natural Resources in Global Environmental History

(HIST-232) Changing Landscapes: Introduction to Terrestrial Environmental History
(HIST-241) Early Japanese History

(HIST 307) Beastly Modernity: 19th Century Animal History
(HIST-346) Modern Japanese History
(HIST-348) Horseriders and Samurai (co-taught with Brian Dott)

Recent Publications

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. Reprinted in OUP History Journals' History of Food Collection, August 1, 2018,

"Whale Oil Pesticide: Natural History, Animal Resources, and Agriculture in Early Modern Japan." Chapter 6 in Denise Phillips and Sharon Kingsland, eds. New Perspectives on the History of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Archimedes 40 New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015, p 93-111.

"From Meat to Machine Oil: The Nineteenth-century Development of Whaling in Wakayama." Chapter 2 in Ian Miller, Julia Thomas, and Brett Walker, eds. Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2013, p 39-54.