Selected Awards

2019-20      Toshiba International Foundation grant for Sakuramotobō documents research
2018-19      ACLS Fellowship
2011-12      Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship
2002           Suntory Foundation Grant to defray publication expenses for State of War
2001-2        NEH Fellowship for College Teachers
2001-2        Fulbright Senior Scholar Award
2001-2        Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (declined)
1994-97      Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship
1989            Phi Beta Kappa


2017-18      Old Dominion Faculty Fellow
2017-19      David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council grant
                    “The Story of Slag: Creating a Chronology of Copper Smelting for Japan 700-2000”
2016           UCHR&SS grant “Visualizing the Ōnin War (1467-77): Ten Years in Ten Minutes.”
2015-16      Old Dominion Faculty Fellow
2010           Bowdoin College Faculty Development Grant to defray publication expenses for From Sovereign to Symbol
2009           Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, nominated by the 2010 Bowdoin Senior Class 
2007-8        Bowdoin Faculty Leave Fellowship
2000           Fletcher Family Research Grant to defray publication expenses for State of War
1999-2005  Freeman Fellowships
1997-98      Dissertation Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center 
1997-98      FLAS Fellowship
1991-94      Full Tuition Fellowship, Stanford University


  • Japanese (fluent)
  • Proficiency in Classical Japanese and Classical Chinese (kanbun)
  • Paleography (ability to decipher handwritten Japanese documents and texts)