I received my B.A. from Oberlin College in 1988 where I studied the great books, Greek classics, physics, math, computer science, East Asian studies, and classical violin. I studied documentary and feature filmmaking at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I worked professionally as a video producer and film archivist/projectionist. I received my M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1992 in organization theory with a master's thesis focusing on the Japanese bureaucracy's aid decisions to developing countries. I received my Ph.D. from Temple University in 2004 in four-field, cultural, and visual anthropology. My dissertation research in Japan from 1999-2002 focused on Japanese social movements and the large public protest spectacles they stage. I am a practicing ethnographic filmmaker focusing on such diverse areas as kingship in the Thar Desert of India, South Asian art patronage and collecting, the American occupation of Japan, art made under duress, Japanese corporate and protest sub-cultures, and the ethnographic filmmakers Timothy Asch and John Marshall. For the past six years I have been co-designer, director, and chief instructor of a summer field school in Tokyo on the Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan.
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