Academic Works & Research

Research Interests & Goals

I have an interest in studying the challenges faced by different societies in classifying, organizing, and granting accesses to their respective cultural heritage by means of public/private institutions (such as museums, libraries, archives, etc.) and how local laws, customs, or traditions help shape the aforementioned institutions and processes.

A quick glance at my past work will quickly show that I have mainly specialized in the culture and sociopolitical occurrences of Japan, with a secondary focus on Mexico.

Below is a compilation of most of my prior scholarly work.

Related to East Asia and Japan

"Cultural Protection Laws in Japan: A History of Cultural Politicization"
2-Term Senior Project for the East Asian Studies Major, Yale University. Faculty Advisor: Prof. Koichi Shinohara (2010)

"Soft Power in East Asia: A Comparison of Contemporary Japanese and Chinese Policy"
Term Paper [PLSC 162B] Prof. Jun Saito (2010)


"The Subversive Politics of Gekiga in 1960's Japan: The Early Works of Shirato Sanpei"
Term Paper [JAPN 262B] Prof. Christopher Hill (2010)


"The 'Horrors' of Individualism in Japanese Cinema"
Term Paper [FILM S191] Prof. Aaron Gerow. (2009)


"Confronting New Japan: A Film Study of Underworld Beauty by Suzuki Seijun"
Coursework [FILM S191] Prof. Aaron Gerow (2009)


"Politics and Political Economy of Agricultural Liberalization: A Comparative Analysis of Japan and Mexico"
Term Paper [PLSC 379A] Prof. Jun Saito (2009)


"Defining Society: The Role of Homes in Post-Meiji Japan"
Paper [JAPN 260B] Prof. Christopher Hill (2009)


"The Relationship Between Nature and Civilization in Japanese Literature"
Term Paper [JAPN 260B] Prof. Christopher Hill (2009)


"Book Review: The Abucus and the Sword by Peter Duus"
Coursework [HIST 487B] Prof. Yosuke Nirei (2008)


"The Japanese Colonial Empire: Applying Meiji Reforms to Korea"
Term Paper [HIST 487B] Prof. Yosuke Nirei (2008)


"Seated Guanyin: Compassion Carved in Stone"
Coursework [HSAR 485B] Prof. Mimi Yiengpruksawan (2008)


"Weapons in Buddhism: Deadly Origins and Peaceful Applications"
Term Paper [HSAR 485] Prof. Mimi Yiengpruksawan (2008)


"Japanese Environmentalism: Possible Shinto Origins"
Term Paper [ANTH 382] Prof. Carol Carpenter (2008)


"The Question of Suffering: Mainstream and Mahayana Buddhist Answers"
Coursework [RLST 134A] Prof. Koichi Shinohara (2007)

Related to Mexico

"The Endless Cycle: History and Politics of Mexico's 'War on Drugs'"
Senior Paper for the International Studies Major, Yale University. Faculty Advisor: Prof. Vivek Sharma (2010)

"Politics and Political Economy of Agricultural Liberalization: A Comparative Analysis of Japan and Mexico"
Term Paper [PLSC 379A] Prof. Jun Saito (2009)
*Repeated from above*

"The Medical Conquest of Mexico: Native and Spanish Medical Practices in New Spain"
Term Paper [HSHM 328A] Prof. Jamie Cohen-Cole (2008)

"Origins of Mexican Nationalism: La Consolidacion de Vales Reales"
Term Paper [INTS 328] Prof. Keith Darden (2008)

Other Academic Projects

"Book Review: Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos by Alan Hirshfeld"
Coursework [HSHM 328A] Prof. Jamie Cohen-Cole (2008)