I am a historian of science, gender, and sexuality in twentieth century United States. I am interested in how scientific practice has both collided and coexisted with individual subjectivity, and how medical research and patient activism have related to gender and national identity in postcolonial contexts. I have written on the history of scientific approaches to homophobia and racism in my first book Private Practices: Harry Stack Sullivan, the Science of Homosexuality, and American Liberalism (Rutgers University Press, 2011). My current research concerns Japanese-American and Korean-American survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, tentatively titled Bombing Americans: Gender and Trans-Pacific Memory after World War II. I am also working on a co-authored book (with Shinpei Takeda) Hiroshima/Nagasaki Beyond the Ocean, which will be published in both English and Japanese by Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

Selected articles

“Gender and Science in Hiroshima’s Aftermath: A Cross-cultural Approach,” Endeavour, 35(4) 2011: 178-186.

“The ‘American’ Psychoanalytic Hospital in the Making,” Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 17(5) 2009: 344-350.

“On Our Memory of Gay Sullivan: A Hidden Trajectory,” Journal of Homosexuality, 55(1) 2008: 150-165.

“The Military, Psychiatry, and ‘Unfit’ Soldiers, 1939-1942,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 62(4) 2007: 461-494.

“The Full Story by No Means All Told: Harry Stack Sullivan at Sheppard-Pratt, 1922-1930,” History of Psychology, 9(4) 2006: 325-358.

“Kinsey’s Biographers: A Historiographical Reconnaissance” (coauthored with James H. Capshew, Matthew H. Adamson, Patricia A. Buchanan, and Narisara Murray), The Journal of the History of Sexuality, 12(3) 2003: 465-486.

Awards and fellowships

 John K. Hudzik Award, International Studies and Program, MSU, 2012.

NEAC Research Grant, Association for Asian Studies, 2012.


 HST454   Gender and the Making of American Minorities

WS201   Introduction to Women’s Studies

LB333   Sex Changes: The History of Sexuality in Modern U.S. Science

LB336   Gender, Sexuality, Science, and Technology

LB492   “Queer” Science and Scientists in the U.S.

LB492  Health, Sex, and Feminism in the Trans-Pacific World