East Asia

Teaching: Syllabi for Spring 2014

I am teaching four courses at Grinnell College this semester: two regular ones, a seminar, and a directed reading on Pan-Asianism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (actually, the directed reading is called a Mentored Advanced Project, or…

Teaching: A Collaborative Classroom

I design my courses at Grinnell with the aim of creating a collaborative classroom. In this post I talk about some of the activities I incorporate into the lectures and discussions in order to encourage student participation (in another post,…

Dissertation Done!

What more is there to say? Actually, quite a bit, but I’ll save that for future blog posts. Finishing my dissertation defense is enough for one day. The Abstract This dissertation examines religion and warrior culture during Japan’s sixteenth century.…

Graduate Student Resources

This is a collection of Internet and print resources that have been helpful for me as a graduate student. The specific categories are aimed at students in East Asian studies and History. I want to thank the many students and…

Snyder Book Collecting Contest

I was googling myself recently in Google Images and came across a picture of my doppelgänger on the University of Kansas website. The page lists the winners of the 2007 Snyder Book Collecting Contest. Why is the person in the…

A Workshop on the Shōsōin

Bryan Lowe and I organized this workshop, which was held at Princeton University on March 24th and 25th, 2012. We’re pleased to have received so much generous support from sponsors, and overwhelmed by the positive response from the academic community.…