I am a cultural studies scholar specializing in gender, sexuality and affect and emotion with special focus on contemporary East Asia, particularly Japan. 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 an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University (SUNY).

I am currently at work on my first book-length project, based on field data from my dissertation research, which has been funded by fellowships from the Japan Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). My monograph, 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 am also teaching across the Cultural Studies undergraduate minor, Cultural Studies in Asia Ph.D. program, and Communications and New Media graduate programs 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 Studies
Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature (formerly Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory), Stony Brook University (SUNY)

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

M.A.S. 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