I currently hold a joint appoint at the Associate Professor level in the University of Hawaii Manoa Asian Studies Program and the Center for Japanese Studies.

Although trained as a political scientist in the fields of comparative political economy and Japanese politics, my work is grounded in interdisciplinary area studies approaches and focuses  geographically on the East Asian region and the Asia-Pacific.

In my research I am particularly interested in exploring how social processes and state policies interact in shaping contemporary Japanese society and its institutions, both historically and regionally. Topics on which I have written published books and articles include labor politics, state-business relations, and tourism policy.

In my teaching and in occasional extra-curricular projects, I explore in a variety of ways the inter-connections and interactions among Asia-Pacific societies and cultures, both historically and in the contemporary setting.