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

Maxey Hall, 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

• 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]