My research focuses on long-term historical change in the Japanese Islands, with particular interests in foraging/farming, language dynamics, isolation and networks, and resilience. I am also interested in the environmental humanities and Anthropocene studies.
2016- Chercheur associé, Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS de Lyon, France
2016-18 Professor, Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka; and Museum of Natural
and Environmental History, Shizuoka (joint appointment)
2014- Research Associate, Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
2007–15 Associate Professor, then Professor, University of West Kyushu
2005–6 Associate Professor, Institute of History & Anthropology, University of Tsukuba
2004-5 Adjunct Lecturer, Sapporo Gakuin University; Editorial Assistant, Slavic Research Center,
1998–2002 Foreign Professor, Division of Humanities, University of Tsukuba
1996–97 Lecturer, Dept. of Archaeology, Okayama University
1996 Australian National University, PhD“Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands”.