University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. Visual Studies 2016
Dissertation: Mapping Risk: Geospatial Technology as Disaster Media
Advisory Committee: Peter Krapp (chair), Victoria E. Johnson, and Patricia Seed
California State University, Northridge
M.A. Anthropology 2007; Language Certificate in Japanese
Thesis:  Consuming & Creating Difference: The Underground Anime and Jrock Movement among American Youth
University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A. Anthropology and Art History 2003


film and media studies, environmental film and media, science and technology studies, critical GIS studies, global visual culture, U.S.-Japan relations


University of Texas at Dallas | School of the Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, 2017-Present

Senior Lecturer, Critical Media Studies
  • 2320: Critical Media Research Foundations


3320: Critical Media Theories


4326: Mediated Textuality

University of California, Irvine | School of Humanities, 2016-2017

Humanities Research Associate

University of California, Irvine | Department of Film and Media Studies, 2011-2016

Instructor of Record
  • 112: Disaster Cinema (Summer 2014)
  • 139W: Writing on Environmental Film and Media (Summer 2015)
Teaching Assistant
  • 85A: Introduction to Film and Visual Analysis (Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
  • 85B: Broadcast Media History and Analysis (Winter 2012, Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016)
  • 85C: New Media and Digital Technologies (Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
  •  101A: The Silent Era (Winter 2013)
  •  101B: The Sound Era I (Spring 2013)
  •  101C: The Sound Era II (Fall 2012)

California State University, Northridge | Department of Anthropology, 2006

Teaching Assistant
  • 308: Women, Sex Roles, and Culture (Fall 2006)


Peer-Reviewed Journals and Publications
Online Publications


  • Summer 2016 Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2016 UC Humanities Research Institute Travel Grant
  • 2015-16 Outstanding Film & Media Studies Teaching Assistant Award
  • 2015 UC Humanities Research Institute Travel Grant
  • 2014 Graduate Student Research and Travel Award
  • 2013 Robyn Shikiya Memorial Graduate Award in Visual Studies, UC Irvine
  • 2012-13 Outstanding Film & Media Studies Teaching Assistant Award
  • 2012 Humanities Center Collaborative Conference Grant, UC Irvine
  • 2010 Regents Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • 2007 Keith Morton Memorial Scholarship, Department of Anthropology, CSU Northridge
  • 2005-2007 Graduate Equity Fellowship, CSU Northridge


Conferences Presentations
  • “Behind the Map,” at the Humanities Commons Graduate Research Slam; UC Irvine, California, May 27, 2016.
  • “Platform Capitalism: The Speculative Value of ArcGIS,” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; San Francisco, California; March 30, 2016.
  • “The Risk Society, GIS, Communication, and Capitalism,” at Design and the Anthropocene conference, Pecha-Kucha presentation; UC Irvine, California, December 4, 1015.
  • “Mapping Fukushima: A Closer Look at Risk and Media Practice,” at the UC Irvine “Anthropology in Transit” Graduate Student Conference; UC Irvine, California, April 25, 2014.
  • “Mapping Risk: Geographic Information Systems as Disaster Media,” at the Associated Graduate Students Symposium; UC Irvine, California, April 18, 2014.
  • “Mapping Drama with Information: Risk Communication Following Fukushima,” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference; Tampa, Florida, April 8, 2014.
  • “Mediated Maps: Geographic Interoperability Issues Following Global Disasters,” at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Conference; San Diego, California, October 10, 2013.
  • “Networking Resistance: The Online Manifestos of American Fans of Japanese Popular Culture,” at the Digital Youth in East Asia Conference, Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Temple University, Japan Campus; Tokyo, Japan, June 21, 2008.
  • “Imagining the Global Landscape: Viewing Japan from Abroad,” at the Anthropology of Japan in Japan Symposium; Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 18, 2007.
  • “American Youth Identity and the Changing Views of the Japanese Other,” at the 11th Annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium, CSU Northridge; Northridge, California, Dec. 1, 2006.
  • “The Globalization of Japanese Popular Culture,” at the 30th CSU Social Sciences Student Research Conference, CSU Northridge; Northridge, California, May 4, 2006.
  • “Globalization of Japanese Popular Culture: Japan Reimagined,” at the Anthro/Expo Symposium, CSU Northridge; Northridge, California, Dec. 7, 2005.
  • “Global Anime: Japan Reimagined,” at the 10th Annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium, CSU Northridge; Northridge, California, Nov. 11, 2005.
      Panel Member
  • Visual Studies Workshop on Academic Publishing; Irvine, California, November 16, 2015.
  • #CritGIS: The Political Economy of Geospatial Technologies, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; Chicago, Illinois April 23, 2015.
  • Digital Tools for Research, at Digital Humanities at the Humanities Commons Workshop Series, UC Irvine, February 3, 2015.
  •  Topics in Globalization, at Anthro/Expo Symposium, CSU Northridge; Northridge, California, March 21, 2007.
Invited Lectures
  • “Spectacle and Narrative,” for Film & Media Studies 85A: Film and Visual Analysis, UC Irvine; Irvine, California, November 3, 2014.
  • “Teaching Geography through Cultural Products,” for Education 177: Geography Education, UC Irvine; Irvine, California, April 18, 2012.
  • “Godzilla vs. Gojira,” for Film & Media Studies 101B: The Sound Era I, UC Irvine; Irvine, California, June 5, 2013.
  • “Consuming Difference through Popular Culture: Japan in America,” for combined Sociology and Asian Studies course, Temple University, Japan Campus; Tokyo, Japan, September, 25, 2008.
  • “East to West: Recentering Japanese Popular Culture,” for Sociology 297: Ideology and Social Changes in Japan, Temple University, Japan Campus; Tokyo, Japan, February, 21, 2008.
  • “Consuming & Creating Difference: The Underground Anime and Jrock Movement among American Youth,” for New Major in Language & Cultures Celebration, CSU Northridge; Northridge, California, May,3, 2007.
  • “Male Beauty and the Performance of Female Gender in Modern Japan,” for Anthropology 308: Women, Sex Roles, and Culture, CSU Northridge; Northridge, California, April 2007.
Funded Workshops
  • Humanist@Work, UC Humanities Research Institute Workshop; Sacramento, California, November 8-9, 2016, and Los Angeles, California, May 8-9, 2016.
  • Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Cultural Analytics Workshop Tutorials, and Cultural Analytics and User Experience Design; UCLA, California, March 8-11 and April 11-15, 2016
  • Revisiting Critical GIS Meeting, Friday Harbor Laboratories, Washington, October 17-20, 2014.
  • STS Forum on the 2011 Fukushima/East Japan Disaster, UC Berkeley, California, May 11-14, 2013.


  • Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) – Student Assistant, annual Esri User Conference, San Diego, CA, July 2014.
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS) – Professional Scorer for the California High School Exit Exam, 2010.
  • Temple University, Japan Campus – Student Services Coordinator, 2008-2009.
  • INTERAC – Assistant Language Teacher for Public Elementary and Junior High Schools in Tokyo, 2008.
  • GEOS for Children – English Conversational Instructor in Tokyo, 2007-2008
  • California State University, Northridge – Undergraduate Student Advisor, Department of Anthropology, 2007.
  • Griswold Conservation Associates, LLC. – Art Conservator Technician, 2004-2007.
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Curatorial Assistant, William Randolph Hearst Scholars in Museum Studies Program, 2003.


  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies
  • Society for Social Studies of Science
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Digital Humanities Working Group, UC Irvine
  • Nuclear Policy Working Group, UC Irvine
  • Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Irvine
  • Center for Asian Studies, UC Irvine


  • Advanced qualitative visual, media, and historical research skills in arts/humanities
  • Advanced qualitative and quantitative skills in ethnographic research methods, including participant observation, surveying, and interviewing
  • Proficiency in Windows and MAC OS X operating systems and Office Suites, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Prezi, and Photoshop Elements
  • Basic proficiency in ArcGIS x (ArcMap and ArcCatalog)



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