Paula R. Curtis, Creator and Editor

sdiconPaula R Curtis is a historian of premodern Japan, specializing in the medieval period. She has a PhD in History from the University of Michigan, an MA in East Asian Studies (premodern Japan specialization) from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Japanese Studies from Gettysburg College. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University. She was a Fulbright Research Fellow from 2014-2015 and a Japan Foundation research fellow from 2015-2016. She is the creator, primary editor, and a writer of this blog. She also maintains a digital archive project related to Edo-style tops (江戸独楽), Carving Community.


L. Zoller, Part-time Contributor

lz.jpgL. Zoller works in international education.

After earning an MA in Japan Studies from the University of Michigan, they worked in Japan for four years as a CIR and then at a travel agency in Ishikawa.

Travis Seifman, Part-time Contributor

Travis is a historian of early modern Ryukyu (Okinawa) and Japan, specializing in cultural and political interactions between the two. He has a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MA in Art History from the University of Hawaiʻi, and an MA in Japanese Studies from SOAS. He has been fortunate to intern at several art museums in the US, and to have lived for short periods in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, and Okinawa. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Historiographical Institute at the University of Tokyo.


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