I am a cultural studies scholar specializing in affect, gender, and sexuality. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore (NUS). I hold a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University (SUNY).

At NUS, I will work on my first book-length project, which is based on my dissertation research. Queer Dreams of Capitalism: Crossdressing in Contemporary Japan explores the relationship between capitalism, gender, and sexuality through a case study of josō (male-to-female crossdressing) and dansō (female-to-male crossdressing) cafe-and-bars (女装•男装カフェアンドバー) in Tokyo, Japan. Drawing on ethnographic data gathered over 14 months, I suggest that the free labor system and commercialization of media and popular culture in urban Tokyo provided the material conditions for new modes of gender and sexuality to emerge.

I will also teach in the Cultural Studies in Asia Ph.D. program at NUS. I have a range of interdisciplinary teaching interests on the broad themes of affect, gender, and sexuality, which include topics in East Asian media and popular culture, transnational feminism, media representation, social media, youth culture, and (digital) ethnography.

Professional Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellow
Communications and New Media (CNM), NUS

2017-2018 Academic Year
Visiting Scholar/Predoctoral Fellow, Global Studies and Languages (GSL), MIT

2016-2017 Academic Year
Visiting Research Fellow
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo


Ph.D. Cultural Analysis and Theory, Concentration in Cultural Studies
Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature (formerly Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory), Stony Brook University

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stony Brook University

M.A.S. Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Concentration in Information, Technology and Society in Asia (ITASIA)
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo

B.A. (Honors) Literature in English
Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore