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.

My next project (2018-20) funded by an SSRC Abe Fellowship, will focus on older ex-offenders in Japan and England. I will work with volunteer groups in both countries to try to understand why more older people are committing crimes and being sent to prison than ever before.


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

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Comparison of older ex-offender resettlement and community-based organizations for reducing recidivism in Japan and the United Kingdom

Research Dates: 2018-2019
Funding Source: SSRC Abe Fellowship


"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
Center for Medical Humanities


  • Social Anthropology Theory
  • introduction to Japanese Culture and Society
  • Reading Contemporary Ethnography
  • Fantasy and the Supernatural in Japanese Culture
  • Culture and Care

Rhode Island College

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


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Aging