In addition to my first book project, some of my other key research interests and past projects include:
Asian American history and Asian American agricultural history, particularly Japanese diasporic and transpacific networks in early twentieth-century Californian floriculture
Women's history, wine history, and the politics of the reproductive health in the late twentieth-century U.S.
American state-sponsored bioprospecting in early twentieth-century China
Oral history and community-based history
I also write as a public intellectual connecting areas of my research to contemporary issues:
"'A basis of permanent peace': twentieth-century lessons of global war and the twenty-first century promise of climate reparations," April 12, 2023: an essay for the Stanford Humanities Center's Arcade open access digital salon connecting some of my research findings to implications for the global politics of climate justice today.
"To Confront the Climate Crisis, Universities Must Refuse Fossil Fuel Industry Funding," Common Dreams, September 27, 2022: an op-ed I co-wrote with fellow members of groups of alumni, staff, students, and faculty at Stanford and Harvard calling on American universities to reject the unethical influence of fossil fuel industry funding as they launch new climate centers.
Delicious poricinis found while mushroom foraging with my husband in northern California, December 2019. Historical research reminds me of foraging and vice versa: informed searching punctuated by the thrill of uncovering something spectacular and improving pattern recognition over time in the layered, complex beauty of a forest or an archive. Foragers call refining this sort of pattern recognition mushroom eyes.