Graduate Students

Nyri Bakkalian

Supervised by Evelyn S. Rawski (History)                                                                                                         Dissertation Title: "The Sparrow's Dream: The Meiji Revolution and Local Self-Assertion in Northeastern Japan"

Jung Hui Kim

ABD, supervised by Karen M. Gerhart (History of Art & Architecture)
Dissertation: “Battling for the Cradle:  Religion, Gender, and Class in the Images of Childbirth in Edo Japan.”

Jungeun Lee

ABD, supervised by Karen M. Gerhart (History of Art & Architecture)
Dissertation Title: “Formal Decoration and Display at Ashikaga Shogunal Residences"

Elizabeth Morrissey

ABD, supervised by Karen M. Gerhart (History of Art & Architecture)                                                                 Dissertation Title: "Ritual Re-imagined: Buddhism, Art, and Imperial Power in the Illustrated Legends of Ishiyama-dera Handscroll" 

Amanda Robinson

Supervised by Gabriella Lukacs (Anthropology)
Completing her dissertation on the booming healing business in contemporary Japan. She has done extensive fieldwork in cat cafes that she analyzes as responses to the shifting place of youth in a deregulated labor market.

 
Lauren Sealy

Supervised by Gabriella Lukacs (Anthropology)
Examining how Asian-American youth use social media to cope with mental health problems in contexts in which their parents see issues, such as anxiety and depression, as expressions of human weakness and discourage their children from seeking professional help. 

Elizabeth Self

ABD,supervised by Karen M. Gerhart (History of Art & Architecture)
Dissertation Title: “Creating Women's Identities in a Turbulent Era: The Art and Architecture of the Asai Sisters in Early Modern Japan ” 

Pemaratana Soorakkulame

Supervised by Clark Chilson (Religious Studies)
Dissertation focuses on Buddha-Vandana, one of the most popular rituals in Sri Lanka. 

Ieva Tretjuka

Supervised by Gabriella Lukacs (Anthropology)
Working on a dissertation project that explores how the economic recession has affected the production of scientific innovation and the labor conditions of scientists in contemporary Japan.

Carolyn Wargula

MA, supervised by Karen M. Gerhart (History of Art & Architecture)
Proposed Dissertation Topic: "Hair Relics and Ornamentation in Pre-Modern Japan"

James Williams

Supervised by Charles Exley (East Asian Languages & Literatures)
Thesis: “Robotech Toys, Database Consumers, and the Modular Nation in Contemporary Japan.” 
Interdisciplinary Masters IDMA, "Robotech Toys, Database Consumers, and the Modular Nation in Contemporary Japan."