I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Bridgeport where I teach Introduction to Political Science, a First Year Seminar on Citizenship and Social Justice, International Politics, Comparative Politics, Human Security, Gender and Politics from a Global Perspective, and a graduate course on social movements for the Global Development and Peace and Mass Communications M.A. programs. I advise students in two majors: Political Science and the International Political Economy and Diplomacy program (IPED/Asia), and serve on the University’s General Education and Honors Program Committees. In the 2018-19 academic year, I will be the acting Chair of the new Political Science program. I earned both my B.A. and Ph.D in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, my research and dissertation were focused on Japan's decentralization and economic reforms. My new research agenda includes several projects on gender politics in Japan and South Korea, and the diplomatic tensions between the two countries over history and memory.
Because I was a first generation and Pell Grant student, I also understand the challenges non-traditional students face and have dedicated my career to supporting their success in higher education.
Since 2012, I have been a member of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation's US-Japan Network for the Future, Cohort II, which is part of an international community of Asia scholars and policymakers dedicated to deepening US relations with its partners in Asia and managing the evolving security dynamics and challenges in the region. In the past several years, I have served in many capacities to promote the advancement of women in our field. In 2017, I applied for and was accepted to a special conference for women of color in academia at Stanford University and the American Political Science Association's Women of Color in Political Science workshop in San Francisco. This year, I co-organized (with Ki-young Shin, Melissa Deckman, and Mari Miura) the 2018 Japan-America Women Political Scientists Symposium (JAWS) for the American Political Science Association. JAWS is a four-day symposium that will run concurrently with the annual meeting in Boston, MA, August 28-31, 2018. https://connect.apsanet.org/asia/2018-jaws/