I am a PhD 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 Alternative Sociality in Tokyo’s Crossdressing Cafes,” 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. Specifically, I pay attention to gender identity and sexual orientation, affective labor, 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
Global Studies and Languages, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Diversity Predoctoral (Dissertation) Fellowship
MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

2016-2017 Academic Year

Visiting Research Fellow
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo

Japanese Studies Fellowship
The Japan Foundation


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