Environment and Society book cover

Interviewed for NIRA Publication

NIRA, the Nippon Institute for Research Advancement, published an edited interview with me in their pamphlet My Vision No. 4 as part of a special issue on The Decline of Japanese Studies Overseas supervised by Masaki Taniguchi of the University of Tokyo. Also featured were Christina Davis of Harvard University, Chris Hughes of the University of Warwick, Cheol Park of Seoul National University, and Franz Waldenberger of the German Institute for Japanese Studies.


Since April 2019 I have been based at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan. My previous job was at J. F. Oberlin University in Machida, Japan, where I taught for thirty years.


I am currently editing a book on climate change in Japanese history and prehistory together with Philip C. Brown of The Ohio State University and Takeshi Nakatsuka of Nagoya University. Phil and I previously collaborated on Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands: From Prehistory to the Present, which was published by Oregon State University Press in 2015.


I continue to take lots of photos of birds and flowers, mostly in Machida, where I live. Please check out the galleries on my photos page or my Flickr feed.