I’ve moved on from humanities and academia, so this profile is for posterity only.

I am a former librarian and Japanese book history researcher, and in the course of that career I taught many times about East Asian digital humanities. My CORE deposits largely consist of peer-reviewed, final or preprint versions of my published research; co-authored book chapters with Michael P. Williams about our work as librarians with the University of Pennsylvania’s Japanese collection; and conference presentations related to book history or teaching DH.

In 2018, I developed and taught the seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (EALC111/511) (living work-in-progress syllabus PDF at my website) via Penn’s EALC department. Please feel free to repurpose or use any of my East Asian DH resources —  there is certainly a need and interest on the part of students, and that’s why I’m keeping it online! Do not force yourself to start from a blank slate, which is what I was faced with when coming up with my syllabus.

At Penn, I also co-founded WORD LAB, a library-based text analysis learning community, and served as an organizer in most of the intervening time until 2020. This group is now defunct, so the web link is to the archived version of our old homepage with lists of past speakers and readings. I was also a founding organizer for DH Japan, which is still active. See their website for a mailing list, resources and a scholar directory, and more.


PhD, MA Asian Languages & Cultures (University of Michigan)

MSI, Library & Information Science (University of Michigan)

BA, History with Honors (University of Pittsburgh)

BS, Computer Science (University of Pittsburgh)

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