Graduate Students

Ethan Barkalow

MA student

Ethan Barkalow began studying East Asia while an undergraduate student at Bowdoin College where he took courses in Japanese and Chinese history, studied Japanese language, and wrote an honors thesis on environmental history in northern Japan.

Michael Burns

MA student

Michael Burns received his B.A. in History and Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Kansas in 2019.

John D'Amico

Doctoral student

John is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History. He specializes in the social and economic history of Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868). His dissertation project is about the role of merchants and their money in the 18th and 19th century.

Lucero Estrella

Doctoral student

Lucero graduated with a B.A. in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies and Asian Cultures and Languages with a concentration in Japanese from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018.

Matthew Kimani

Doctoral student

Matthew Kimani is a first year PhD student in the Department of History.

Thomas Monaghan

Doctoral student

Tom Monaghan is a third year PhD student in history. His research examines sugar and island societies in Japan, the Ryukyu archipelago, and Taiwan across the early-modern to modern periods, drawing connections between Japan's sugar history and that of the Atlantic world.

George Remisovksy

Doctoral student

I am a third-year PhD student, and my work focuses on the economic, social, and legal histories of modern China and Japan. My current project is a transnational study of changing dispute resolution practices in 19th and early 20th century China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Aika Sato

MA student

Aika spent most of her formative years in the two cities she calls home, Shanghai and Tokyo. She grew up witnessing the past haunting the present in different parts of East Asia: ultranationalism, antagonism, and discrimination.

Alexander Schweinsberg

Doctoral student

Alexander Schweinsberg is a doctoral candidate in history. He did his BA at the University of Toronto in 2008 and then lived in Wakayama for three years on the JET Programme.

Mindy Su

Doctoral student

I am a first-year PhD student in Japanese history. I am interested in the migration between colonies of the Japanese Empire and the history of travel passes in East Asia.

Sabrina Williams

MA student

Sabrina Williams was raised in Northern California and received her B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 2018, where she majored in Political Science.

Holden Zimmerman

Doctoral student

Holden Zimmerman is a second-year Ph.D. student in International History with a regional specialization in Western Europe and Japan. Her research focuses on the relationship between humanitarianism and militarism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.