- Research Interests/Specializations
- Critical heritage studies
- Race, space and the law
- Militarism, war and national parks
- Infrastructure histories and empire building
- Critical prison studies and carceral geography
- Transitional justice and social (redress) movements
- Indigenous critique and settler colonial studies
- Comparative racialization (Archipelagic and Oceanic studies / Arctic and Northern studies / Pacific Canadian studies)
- M.Arch (Post-Professional), Urban Design and Housing, McGill University
- MLA (Professional) Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph
- MLA-Exchange, Coursework in M.Sc. Architectural Conservation, University of Edinburgh
- B.Arts Sc. Arts and Science and Art History, McMaster University
I am a practicing historical landscape architect / landscape historian with concentrations in critical ethnic studies and legal geography. I study historic preservation (U.S.) laws and heritage conservation (Canada) laws as they intertwine with redress, reconciliation and recognition politics in the Hawai'ian archipelago, in the Pribilof Island chain and Southeast Alaska, and in interior British Columbia.
My dissertation positions Asian North American (Japanese American/Canadian) transborder redress circuits and subsequent community organizing for the preservation/commemoration of transpacific World War II confinement landscapes (such as prisoner-of-war camps, labor camps and other wartime carceral spaces) alongside native/indigenous (Native Hawaiians or kānaka ʻōiwi, Unangax̂/Aleut people from Alaska and Coast Salish Stó:lō Nation) resurgence and claims to space, sovereignty and demilitarization in two former U.S. territories and unceded lands in Canada's westernmost province.
For Fall 2018, I am a Graduate Student In Residence at UC Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco's MA Urban and Public Affairs Program.
For Spring 2019, I am a Visiting Graduate Researcher at University of Victoria's Landscapes of Injustice (Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives + Centre for Global Studies) and the Faculty of Law (Aboriginal Governance and Indigenous Legal Orders) in British Columbia, Canada.
For Summer 2019, I am employed with the U.S. National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office in San Francisco through a National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) award. I work on architectural/landscape condition reports for sites of national significance including Yosemite National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore.
- Courses Taught
I possess experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in studio and non-studio (history/theory) at the university level. Outside the university, I continue to be involved with teaching children, youth and adults in a variety of settings.