PhD Candidate in American Studies. 9/2011-5/2017
Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
Secondary degree in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Dissertation: Riding Bareback: Imagining American Sexuality, Gender, and Race through Rodeo
Advisors: Robin Bernstein, Susan Greenhalgh, Andrew Jewett.
MA in Regional Studies: East Asia. 5/2011
Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
Thesis: “From The Tips of Your Fingers: Femininity, Fashion, and Social Class in
the Japanese Nail Industry.”
Recipient departmental 2011 Fletcher Award for outstanding thesis.
BA Degree in History. Summa Cum Laude. 5/2008
Willamette University. Salem, OR.
Thesis: “‘How Did You Get So Smart?’ ‘I Got It From Comic Books and Romance Novels’:
Social Issues and Ideologies in 1990s Japanese and American Romance Fiction.”
Completion of Japan Studies Program. 8/2006-7/2007
Tokyo International University. Kawagoe, Japan.
Intensive Language and Culture Program.
Academic Awards and Fellowships
Merit Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Spring 2015
Fellowship awarded from the graduate school based on nominations from individual departments. Fellowship support for one semester of dissertation research.
Research Fellow, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Fall 2014
Fellowship support for one semester of dissertation research.
Research Grant, The Open Gate, The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, Fall 2014
Jacob K. Javits Fellow, 2010-2014
National fellowship awarded for up to four years of humanities graduate study
by the Jacob Javits Foundation and the Department of Education.
Visiting Scholar, The Autry National Center of the American West, 2013
Research for one month in the International Gay Rodeo Association’s archives, housed at the Autry National Center.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, Harvard University, 2009
University administered fellowship for one year of graduate study with a focus in foreign language and culture.
Excellence in Asian Studies Award, Willamette University, 2008
Awarded annually by Willamette University’s Asian Studies faculty.
Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2007
Junior Year Inductee, conferred on students in the top one percent of their academic year.
Ruth B. Allen Scholar, Willamette University, 2007
Departmental scholarship given by Willamette University’s History faculty.
Bridging Scholar, 2006
National scholarship awarded by Association of Teachers of Japanese for one year of study in Japan.
Freeman-ASIA Grant Recipient, 2006
National scholarship for study in Japan, given by the Institute of International Education.
Japan Student Services Organization Scholar, 2006
Scholarship awarded by the Japanese Independent Administrative Institution for foreign students studying in Japan.
“Nailed It: Producing and Consuming in Tokyo’s Nail Industry.” In “Fashioning the Global City,” ed. Claudia Brazzale. Special Issue, Streetnotes 20 (2012): 111-133.
“Dangerous Lines: Early Rodeo Cowgirls and the Spectacularization of the ‘Western Woman.’” To be presentated at “Gender in Everyday Life,” Idaho State University. Forthcoming, 3/2015.
“Camp and the Cowboy: Contestations through Fun at the Gay Rodeo.” Presented at the American Studies Association Annual Conference. 11/2014.
“The Clothes Make the Masculinity: Western Wear as Camp at Gay Rodeos.” Presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Forthcoming, 11/2014.
“Ivory Tower Bodies: Producing and Contesting Anti-Obesity Discourses and Scientific Discrimination at Harvard University.” Presented at “Deviant Bodies: Corporeal Politics and Unheard Voices,” Rutgers University Susman Conference. 3/2014.
“Saggin’, Baggin’, and Draggin’: Dolly Parton and the Micro-Politics of the Authentic Body.”
Presented at “American Bodies Across Time and Space,” Regional Center for American Studies at the University of Liverpool. 10/2013.
“You a Real Cowboy?: American Masculinity and the Marketing of Western Wear in the 1980s.”
Presented at “Beyond Production and Consumption: Refining American Material Culture Studies,” Boston University’s American and New England Studies Conference. 3/2013.
“Revolt and Reinforcement: Social Issues and Ideologies in 1990s Japanese and American Romance Fiction.” Presented at Harvard East Asia Society Conference. 2/2011.
Invited Talks and Lectures
“Cowboy Drag: Camp and Masculinity in Gay Rodeo,” Gender Studies Brown Bag Lunch Series, Boise State University. 10/14.
“It’s Miller Time: Consumer Citizenship, Gay Rodeo, and the Failure of an ACT-UP Boycott.” Guest Lecture for Harvard University course Sex and the Citizen. 4/2014.
“Sexuality and the West in the International Gay Rodeo Association Institutional Archive.” Presentation for Autry National Center librarians, archivists, and museum staff. 8/2013.
InstructorCarhartts & Corsets: Gender and Fashion Forthcoming Summer 2015
in the 20th Century
Boise State University, Workshop
InstructorWomen in America: WesternForthcoming Summer/Fall 2015
Boise State University
Teaching FellowSex and the Citizen: Race, Gender, and Belonging Spring 2014
in the United States.
Recipient of Distinction in Teaching Award, Bok Center, Harvard University.
Academic Tutor Tokyo International University of America in Salem, OR Fall 2005
Relevant Work Experience
Editorial Assistant China Medical Board in Cambridge, MA 5/2012-6/2012
Museum InternFour Rivers Cultural Center and Museum in Ontario, OR 6/2008-8/2008
Major Field19th Century American HistoryRachel St. John
Major Field20th Century American HistoryAndrew Jewett
Minor FieldThe History of American Popular CultureRobin Bernstein
Minor FiledThe Anthropology of the Body Susan Greenhalgh