- Columbia University Ph.D, premodern Japanese literature (2005). Dissertation: “Poetry and Kingship in Ancient Japan
- Waseda University, Foreign Research Scholar (2002-3)
- Hokkaidō University M.A classical Japanese literature (1998). Thesis: “Hitomaro kashū sedōka ron” (“The Sedōka of the Hitomaro Collection”).
- SOAS, University of London B.A. (Hons) Japanese (1992).
Early and classical Japanese poetry; mythical and historical writing in early Japan; narrative theory and representations of the first person in Japanese literature; representations of empire; seventeenth and eighteenth century kokugaku (“national learning”) and its relationship to modern and contemporary philology and theory.
- “The Man’yōshū as a Pre-classic,” and “Koten izen to shite no Man’yōshū,” in Ekkyō suru Nihon bungaku kenkyū, edited by Haruo Shirane (Benseisha, 2009), 20-23, and 22-25.
- “The Jinshin Rebellion and the Politics of Historical Narrative in Early Japan,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 133.2 (Apr-Jun 2013)
- “Man’yō daishōki no bunkengaku no rekishiteki igi o megutte,” Anahorish kokubungaku No. 1, (Nov. 2012), 66-72.
- “Ōmikōtoka ni okeru sakuchū shutai no nimensei” (The Two Aspects of the Narrating Subject in Hitomaro’s Poem on the Ruined Ōmi Capital). Jōdai bungaku (Nov. 2003), 27-41.
- “‘Kōshō kara kisai e’—sōsakushugi to kyōjushugi” (‘From Orality to Writing’: Composition and Reception). Kokugo kokubun kenkyū (Jan. 2000), 15-26.
- Japanese Mythology: Hermeneutics on Scripture, by Jun’ichi Isomae (Equinox, 2010), Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 66, no. 2 (2011), 335-338.
- Man’yōgakushi no kenkyū, by Ogawa Yasuhiko, in Kokubungaku: kaishaku to kyōzai no kenkyū 52: 12 (Sep. 2007), 23.
- Traditional Japanese Literature, An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600, edited by Haruo Shirane, Columbia University Press, Feb 2007 (Man’yōshū translations and commentary, and introductions to “Early Japan,” Kojiki, Nihon shoki, Man’yōshū).
- Longman Anthology of World Literature, vol. 2, edited by Haruo Shirane, Longman, 2004 (Man’yōshū translations and commentary), 210-222.