I am a Ph.D. candidate specializing in gender, sexuality, and cultural studies at the department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature (formerly Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory), Stony Brook University.

My dissertation, “When We Play with Gender: Affect and Belonging in Japan’s Crossdressing Culture,” explores contemporary josō (male-to-female crossdressing) and dansō (female-to-male crossdressing) culture through a case study of crossdressing cafes (女装•男装喫茶) in Tokyo, Japan. I track the everyday experiences of crossdressing individuals and those who engage with them in relation to sociality, gender identity and sexual orientation, and the circulation of affect in these cafes.

Aside from my dissertation topic, I am deeply interested in issues of race, affect, gender, and sexuality in popular culture across East Asia.

2017-2018 Academic Year

Visiting Scholar/Predoctoral Fellow  

Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship (for dissertation completion)


In progress
Ph.D. Cultural Analysis and Theory, Concentration in Cultural Studies
Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, 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