Graduate Students

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.”

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" 

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. 

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

ABD, History of Art and Architecture, 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."