I have been conducting research on aging and care in Japan since 2005. I have been continually inspired by all of the people I have met through my research, some of whom have become collaborators, friends, advisers, and mentors.

In 2015 I was awarded an Enhancing Life Project Early Career Award to conduct ethnographic research on the meanings of family caregiving and the experience of compassion in the UK and Japan. I am currently working on a monograph comparing Japanese and UK caregiver experiences.





Fieldwork Experience

Major projects, 2005-2015


Making Care Meaningful: Coherence, Worldview, and Burnout among Family Caregivers of Older Adults in Contemporary Urban Japan

 Research Dates: 2013-2015
Funding Source: Japan Society for Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Oxford Brookes Faculty Research Grant


"No Room for the Old or the Altar"?: Aging and Spirit Memorial in Contemporary Urban Japan

Research Dates: 2005-2014

Funding Sources: IIE Fulbright Grant, UC Pacific Rim Mini-Grant, UW Milwaukee Center on Age and Community Postdoctoral Fellowship


academic appointments

Oxford Brookes University

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Japan, affiliate of the Center for Medical Humanities



  • Social Anthropology Theory
  • Japanese Culture and Society
  • Culture and Care

Rhode Island College

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and affiliate of Gerontology. Member of the Institutional Review Board.


  • Cultural anthropology
  • Advanced seminars in medical anthropology, religion, and aging

other experience

  • 2010-2011   Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, Grand Valley State University
  • 2010-2011   Scholarly Consultant "Once You're Dead" (documentary) 317 Productions
  • 2008-2010  Post-doctoral Fellow, Center on Age and Community UW Milwaukee
  • 2007           Program Assistant, Antioch Buddhist Studies in Kyoto
  • 2007           California State University, Long Beach, lecturer
  • 2002-2008  Graduate Teaching Assistant UC San Diego