I graduated with a BA (hons) and Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Canterbury in 2004, a Graduate Diploma in Japanese Studies from Massey University and I am currently researching at the University of Auckland, where I began research towards a PhD in 2010. I also participated in a researcher exchange where I spent three months at Waseda University in late 2011. My field research was funded by the University of Auckland as well as the AsiaNZ Foundation. I am a member of the AsiaNZ Young Leaders Network advisory group.
In between my Masters and starting my PhD, I was a participant on the JET program (2004-2007: Fukushima-shi) and on returning to New Zealand I worked at the Ministry of Research, Science, and Technology from 2007-2010 as a policy adviser. My primary academic/research/policy interests, before my current Japan focus, were science and technology politics/policy, issues of ethnic identity and nationalism, and Chinese modern history and politics. I combined the first two of these interests for my Masters thesis which looked at the issues surrounding the conduct of population genetics research in postcolonial contexts. I carry over this interest in issues of identity into my PhD where I am looking at generationally situated concepts of national identity and their impact on foreign policy ideas in Japan. In addition to lecturing courses on East Asia security issues and China’s rise at the University of Auckland, I have also taught modules on these same topics at the Royal New Zealand Navy, and I have also spent time working in the office of a member of the Japanese House of Councillors.
I am sure my blogs will be simple and sparse and infrequent at first but I aspire to be “knowledgeable,” “erudite,” and maybe, just maybe one day “mildly insightful”. So bear with me. よろしくお願いします。
I also blog over at Japan Security Watch, on security issues, write occasionally for the Shingetsu News Agency, and have had pieces published at the East Asia Forum. I have also been published in the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific.