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I am a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at Columbia University, specializing in premodern Japanese religion and history. In August 2021, I successfully defended and deposited my dissertation titled, "Precepts and Performances: Overseas Monks and the Emergence of Cosmopolitan Japan." From 2018-2019, I was a visiting researcher at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, where I conducted research for my dissertation on overseas Buddhist monks living in eighth century Japan. 

Prior to beginning my studies at Columbia University, I was a JET Program Coordinator as well as the Cultural & Educational Affairs Coordinator at the Consulate General of Japan in Miami. I also served as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with the JET Program in Aomori, Japan and earned a Master of Arts degree in Religion and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and History-Asian Studies at McMaster University and St. Lawrence University, respectively. 

In my down time, I enjoy traveling, singing, cooking, and embroidery. 

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