I am a cultural studies scholar specializing in affect, gender, and sexuality. I recently received my Ph.D. in cultural studies from Stony Brook University in Spring 2018. Beginning in July 2018, I will be Postdoctoral Fellow in Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

At NUS, I will work on my first book-length project, which is based on my dissertation research. “An Ethnography of Crossdressing: Emerging Genders and Sexualities in Late Capitalist Japan” explores the relationship between commercialization, capitalism, and gender and sexuality through a case study of josō (male-to-female crossdressing) and dansō (female-to-male crossdressing) cafes (女装•男装喫茶) in Tokyo, Japan. Drawing on ethnographic data gathered over 14 months, I suggest that the capitalist system of free labor in contemporary urban Tokyo provided the material conditions for new gender identities and modes of 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 ethnography.

2018-2020 Academic Year

Postdoctoral Fellow
Communications and New Media (CNM)


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