My current project, “Flows of Work and Song: Migration and Agrarian Struggle Across Japan's Sugar Empire," examines agrarian struggles that sugar producers from Okinawa prefecture waged throughout the Japanese empire and beyond. It seeks to understand how experiences and memories of struggles against global large sugar capital – Japanese or not – were carried, translated, mobilized and performed from one context to the next by tracing the inter-connectedness of various forms of agrarian struggle that linked sugar cultivators who worked as agricultural laborers in Okinawa, Hawaii, Taiwan, Indonesia, the South Seas islands and the Philippines. Initial stages of research was funded by a Fulbright research grant.

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Seminar in Asian Studies

Capstone experience for majors in the discipline. Varied topics.


Ancient and Early Japan

Survey of Japan from its prehistoric origins to the early 17th century. Topics include: archaeology and history, origins of Japan


Modern Japan

Survey of Japan from the 16th century to the present. Topics include: Tokugawa societies and cultures, economic systems, Imperial Japan and world wars, global interactions, modernity and modernization, and contemporary Japanese issue.


Jpn Soc Mvmnt During Cold War

This course examines the development of Japanese social movements from the 1950s through the late 1980s, focusing on anti-American and anti-ruling party movements that prioritized local autonomy, social justice and environmental sustainability over the mobilization of people and resources to aid the Cold War in Asia. Focus is also placed on the ways in which the history of these turbulent times have been told, and the political consequences of competing narratives.

  • Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support for Furman University, 2011-2014: Grant author and project assistant director
  • Furman University, Humanities Development Committee Fund Grant for Course Development, Fall 2013
  • Fulbright Foundation Research Fellowship for research in Japan, 2012-2013
  • Association for Asian Studies, Northeast Asia Council, Japan Research Grant for Short-term Research in Japan, Summer 2010
  • Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Small-Scale Grant for Education Initiatives, "Expanding Upstate South Carolina's Engagement with Japan through Film," Spring, 2010
  • Furman University, Research and Professional Growth Committee, research grant for University of Maryland, Prange Collection short-term research, Spring, 2010
  • Fulbright Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for Dissertation Research at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 2002 – 2004.

  • Limits of Okinawa: Japanese Capitalism, Living Labor and Theorizations of Community (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming in 2015)
  • "Expansion of the Japanese Empire and the Rise of the Global Agrarian Question," in Cataclysm: 1914: World War I and the Making of Modern World Politics, edited by Alexander Aneivas (Historical Materialism Series) (Leiden: Brill Academic Press, forthcoming in late 2014)
  • "Uno Kozo's Analysis of the Agrarian Question, Post-World War One Okinawa's Small Producers, and Prospects for Revolutionary Subjectivity" (in progress)
  • "Kawakami Hajime's 'Discovery' of Okinawa in the Late Meiji Period" (in progress)
  • "Shifting Boundaries of 'Japan Proper': Okinawa and the 1930 Agricultural Household Survey" (in progress).


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