Associate Professor of History (Environmental, East Asia, Japan)

Maxey Hall 218


Ph.D. History and East Asian Languages
Harvard University

M.A. Regional Studies, East Asia
Harvard University

M.Sc. Biology
Dalhousie University

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

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

HIST 109 - Historical Roots of East Asia

HIST 155 - Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral: Natural Resources in Global Environmental History

HIST 205 - East Asian Environmental History

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

HIST 232 - Changing Landscapes: Introduction to Terrestrial Environmental History

HIST 241 - Early Japanese History

HIST 243 - Japan's Modern Empire

HIST 299 - Historical Methodology

HIST 307/ENVS 307 - Beastly Modernity: 19th Century Animal History

HIST 348 - Horseriders and Samurai (co-taught with Brian Dott)

HIST 355 - Pacific Whaling History

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


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

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

"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.

"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.


Response for Arch, "Bringing Whales Ashore: Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan" Roundtable. H-Environment Roundtable Reviews, Vol. 10, No. 5 (2020) 16-18

"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.

Book review: Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean's Greatest Predator. By Jason M. Colby. Environmental History 24:2 (April 2019) 383–385,

"Amerika kara mita hogei bunka [Whaling culture viewed from America]," Kumanoshi 57 (October 25, 2010): 128-137. [In Japanese]