C.V.

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2013
Dissertation: The Female Gaze in Contemporary Japanese Literature
Committee: Ayako Kano, Linda Chance, and Susan Napier

M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2009
Master’s Thesis: Illusion and Reality in Miike Takashi’s Audition

Emory University

B.A. in Japanese Studies and English, 2006
Senior Thesis: Demonic Women in Modern Japanese Literature
Thesis Advisors: Julia Bullock, Cheryl Crowley, and Rebecca Copeland

JAPANESE LANGUAGE TRAINING

Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level 1 (Advanced), December 2008

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, September 2007 – June 2008

Middlebury Summer Japanese School, June – July 2007

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, September 2004 – May 2005

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS

University of Pennsylvania
Research Associate and Lecturer in Japanese Studies, June 2020 – present
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies

George Mason University
Assistant Professor of Japanese, Fall 2014 – May 2020
Department of Modern and Classical Languages

University of Notre Dame
Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

University of Pennsylvania
Instructor, Fall 2012
School of Liberal and Professional Studies

Haverford College
Visiting Instructor, Fall 2011
Department of East Asian Studies

PUBLICATIONS

Academic Monograph

Manga Cultures and the Female Gaze. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Journal Articles

“I Coveted That Wind: Ganondorf, Buddhism, and Hyrule’s Apocalyptic Cycle.” Games and Culture (August 2019): 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412019865847.

“The Precarity of the Housewife in Kirino Natsuo’s ‘Rusted Hearts.'” Japanese Language and Literature 52, No. 1 (April 2018): 201-240.

“A Legend of Regret: Fallen Kingdoms and Postcolonial Ghosts in Twilight Princess.Proceedings of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies 18 (2017): 47-59.

“Queering the Media Mix: The Female Gaze in Japanese Fan Comics.” Transformative Works and Cultures 20 (Fall 2015). https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0628.

“Short Skirts and Superpowers: The Evolution of the Beautiful Fighting Girl.” U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal 47 (Winter 2014): 45-72.

“Mythical Landscapes and Imaginary Creatures: Pokémon and Japanese Regionalism.” Proceedings of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies 14 (2013): 261-271.

Book Chapters

“Between Fans: History and National Identity in Online Debates on Axis Powers Hetalia.” In The Korean Wave from a Private Commodity to a Public Good, edited by Yeonhee Yoon and Kiwoong Yang, 145-154. Seoul: Korea University Press, 2020.

“Illusion, Reality, and Fearsome Femininity in Takashi Miike’s Audition.” In Gender and Contemporary Horror in Comics, Games and Transmedia, edited by Steven Gerrard, Samantha Holland, and Robert Shail, 109-120. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing, 2019.

“The Legends of Zelda: Fan Challenges to Dominant Video Game Narratives.” In Woke Gaming: Digital Challenges to Oppression and Social Injustice, edited by Kishonna L. Gray and David J. Leonard, 213-228. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018.

“The Cute Shall Inherit the Earth: Postapocalyptic Posthumanity in Tokyo Jungle.” In Introducing Japanese Popular Culture, edited by Alisa Freedman and Toby Slade, 81-90. New York: Routledge, 2018.

“Dangerous Women and Dangerous Stories: Gendered Narration in Kirino Natsuo’s Grotesque and Real World.” In Rethinking Modern Japanese Feminisms, edited by Julia C. Bullock, Ayako Kano, and James Welker, 170-184. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2018.

“Bowser Koopa.” In 100 Greatest Video Game Characters, edited by Jaime Banks, Robert Mejia, and Aubrie Adams, 26-28. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Book Reviews

Review of Rachael Hutchinson’s Japanese Culture Through Videogames
Pacific Affairs 93, No. 2 (June 2020)

Review of Michal Daliot-Bul and Nissim Otmazgin’s The Anime Boom in the United States: Lessons for Global Creative Industries
Pacific Affairs 92, No. 3 (September 2019)

Review of Rebecca Suter’s Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction
Reading Religion, A Publication of the American Academy of Religion (October 2018)

Review of Casey Brienza’s Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics
Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures 27 (2018)

Review of Tamae K. Prindle’s Women in Japanese Cinema: Alternative Perspectives
Pacific Affairs 91, No. 1 (March 2018)

Review of Sandra Annett’s Anime Fan Communities
Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures 25 (2017)

Review of the Boss Fight Books Series
Asiascape: Digital Asia 3 (2016)

Review of Ian Bogost’s How to Do Things With Videogames
Asiascape: Digital Asia 2 (2015)

Review of Saitō Tamaki’s Beautiful Fighting Girl, trans. J. Keith Vincent and Dawn Lawson
ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 7, No. 2 (2013)

Translations

“A World Where Horses Sell Tickets”
Translation of Murakami Haruki’s Uma ga kippu o utteiru sekai
Doublespeak 3 (2013)

“The God of Bears”
Translation of Kawakami Hiromi’s Kamisama
Inventory 2 (2011)

Online Essays and Reviews

“Outsider Stories in Contemporary Japanese Fiction”
Global Literature in Libraries Initiative, May 2, 2018

“Feminist Halloween 2017: Review of Nico’s Fortune
The Lobster Dance, October 18, 2017

“Why Ganondorf Was Wrong in The Wind Waker
FemHype, February 18, 2017

“Magic and Gender in Final Fantasy VI
Kill Screen, August 16, 2016

“Beyond Damsels & Villains in A Tale of Two Rulers
FemHype, July 18, 2016

“Japanese Environmentalism, Shinto, & The Legend of Zelda”
FemHype, May 10, 2016

Yoshi’s Woolly World & Mellow Mode: Validating All Skill Levels”
FemHype, May 3, 2016

“Review of Tiffany Hong’s Dissertation, Narrative Strategies in the Fiction of Murakami Haruki
Dissertation Reviews, April 27, 2016

“Review of Laura Knetzger’s Don’t Go in the Old Greene House
The Lobster Dance, October 28, 2015

“The Strange Horizons Book Club: Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights
Strange Horizons, October 26, 2015

“Innocence and Sexual Maturity in His Dark Materials
Lady Geek Girl and Friends, October 18, 2014

“Attack of the Purse Snatchers: Gender and Bag Policies in U.S. Comic Book Stores”
Geek Feminism, July 3, 2014

CONFERENCES AND LECTURES

Conference Papers

The Gentle Inclusivity of Mental Illness in Kawakami Hiromi’s “Summer Break”
Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies
January 25, 2020

Link Is Not Silent: Disability Positivity in Fan Readings of Breath of the Wild
Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 15, 2019

Linkle and the Female Gaze: Differences in the Reception of Female Character Design in American and Japanese Fan Communities
Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies
March 23, 2018

The Next Big Thing: Charting Fan Cultures, Social Media, and the Content Industry in Japan
Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 14, 2018

Ganondorf Was Not Wrong: Postapocalyptic Political Fantasy in The Wind Waker
Modern Language Association Annual Convention
January 7, 2017

A Legend of Regret: Fallen Kingdoms and Postcolonial Ghosts in Twilight Princess
Association of Japanese Literary Studies Annual Conference
October 29, 2016

The Legends of Zelda: Transnational Fan Challenges to Video Game Narratives
Communicating with Cool Japan: International Communication Association Preconference
June 8, 2016

What It Means to Be Human: Magic and Gender in Final Fantasy VI
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
March 18, 2016

Watch Out, or Adults Will Control You: Angry High School Girls in Kirino Natsuo’s Real World
Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies
March 26, 2015

The Poetics of Boys Love: Transfiguring Masculinities in Yaoi Parodies of Final Fantasy VII
Manga Futures: The Sixth International Scholarly Conference on Manga
November 2, 2014

Between Fans: History and National Identity in Online Debates on Axis Powers Hetalia
Korean Wave Beyond Nationality: First Annual Conference on Korean Studies
April 25, 2014

The Cute Shall Inherit the Earth: Postapocalyptic Posthumanity in Tokyo Jungle
Annual Conference of the Modern Language Association of America
January 10, 2014

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Teaching Video Games in a Japanese Context
Between ‘Cool’ and 3-11: Second Annual Teaching Japan Conference
April 27, 2013

Sexuality, Politics, and Misogyny in the Work of Kirino Natsuo
Rethinking Modern Japanese Feminisms: Research Conference at Emory University
April 20, 2013

Mythical Landscapes and Imaginary Creatures: Pokémon as a Construction of a Fantasy Japan
Annual Conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies
October 14, 2012

Queering Gendered Manga: CLAMP’s Subversion of Female Character Tropes
LibrAsia: The Second Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship
April 8, 2012

Theories of Narrative Consumption and the Evolution of Shōjo Manga
Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Asian Studies Conference
October 23, 2011

Illusion, Reality, and the Feminine Ideal in Miike Takashi’s Audition
Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Asian Studies Conference
October 23, 2010

What Dreams May Come: The Postmodern and the Premodern in Kon Satoshi’s Paprika
Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Asian Studies Conference
October 31, 2009

Invited Lectures

Strong Female Characters: Gender, Gaming, and Digital Cultures in Japan
The University of Scranton
April 12, 2018

The Female Gaze in Anime and Manga
Lunchtime Speaker Series, Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore
March 22, 2017

Big Eyes, Magical Girls, and the American Way: The Cultural Cross-Pollination of Shōjo Manga
Globalized Manga Culture and Fandom Symposium, CUNY Baruch College
February 19, 2015

Women and Gender Issues in Modern and Contemporary Japan
Pennsylvania State University Abington
February 11, 2013

Kon Satoshi and the Animated Actress
Sewanee: The University of the South
November 23, 2010

Community Outreach Lectures

A Season of Change: Nature and Technology in Japanese Animation
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University
April 24, 2019

Japanese Urban Legends
Anime USA, Washington DC
October 19, 2018

Anime, Manga, and Video Games in the United States and the Rise of “Cool Japan”
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University
October 25, 2017

Infinite Lives and Infinite Possibilities: Posthumanism and Video Games
MAGFest Music and Gaming Educational Symposium, National Harbor, MD
February 20, 2016

The Sparkling World of 1970s Shōjo Manga
Geek Girl Con, Seattle
October 11, 2015

The Beautiful End of the World: Eschatologies of the Bishōjo
Los Angeles Anime Expo Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
July 4, 2015

Japanese Fiction for Anime Fans
Anime USA, Washington, DC
October 4, 2014

Introduction to Anime and Manga Studies
Otakon Anime Convention, Baltimore
August 8, 2014

Queering the Media Mix: The Female Gaze in Japanese Fan Comics
Los Angeles Anime Expo Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
July 4, 2014

Revealing and Concealing Identities: Cross-Dressing in Anime and Manga
Sakura-Con Anime Convention, Seattle
April 19, 2014

Fantasies of Diversity: Representations of Race in Japanese Video Games
MAGFest Music and Gaming Educational Symposium, National Harbor, MD
January 4, 2014

Short Skirts and Superpowers: The Female Gaze in Anime and Manga
Los Angeles Anime Expo Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
July 5, 2013

Nostalgic Environmentalism in Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 11, 2013

In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun: Women in Japanese History
One Book One Philadelphia Program, Pennsylvania State University Abington
February 11, 2013

Sirens, Shapeshifters, and Seductresses: The Demonic Women of Japan
Sakura-Con Anime Convention, Seattle
April 23, 2011

Strong Female Characters: Feminism and the Ladies of Final Fantasy
Zenkaikon Anime Convention, Philadelphia
March 19, 2011

Talking to the Dead: History and Memory in Koreeda Hirokazu’s After Life
Philadelphia Japan House Film Series
February 9, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2015
George Mason University Center for Global Studies Faculty Research Grant

2012
Japan Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship

2012
Cecilia Segawa Seigle Prize Fellowship for Japanese Studies

2012
University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Research Travel Award

2011
University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Blog Award

2007
Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis Scholarship

2006
University of Pennsylvania Benjamin Franklin Fellowship

2005
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Research Travel Grant

2004
Freeman Award for Study in Asia

2004
Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan