I have a PhD in East Asian Studies (Japanese) from Ca’ Foscari University (Venezia). Between 2005-2007 I was a visiting researcher at Hosei University (Tokyo) as a post-doctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Before arriving at Manchester in 2013 I spent six years in New Zealand, working at the University of Otago as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions.
Between 2017-2020 I was the Director of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, a consortium sponsored by the AHRC of seven universities and HEIs. It offers postgraduate studentships, supervision, training and skills development across the full range of the Arts and Humanities disciplines.
I have held visiting positions at several institutions including Toyo University (2021); Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo (2019); Université Libre de Bruxelles (2018); Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University (2016).