Welcome to Forbes College! I look forward to getting to know you and helping you to take advantage of the wealth of academic resources and intellectual pursuits available at Princeton. As Dean I have special responsibility for advising juniors and seniors. However, I work closely with the great staff of the Forbes College Office to support every member of the Forbes community. I particularly enjoy collaborating with Forbes residents to develop programming and projects related to sustainability and the environment.
I am a dual citizen of the US and Luxembourg, grew up on the West Coast (WA and CA), and lived in New York, Hiroshima, Tokyo, New Haven, Osaka, and Amherst before moving to the Garden State. I went to Columbia University for my undergraduate degree, later taught there as a visiting professor, and make regular trips back to the city to enjoy the diversity, amazing food, and creative energy of New York. My wife, Meg, was a high school teacher for many years and then served as a associate dean of college admissions. From her work I have a particularly keen sense of what you have accomplished in making this journey to Princeton. You are certain to meet my family, including the puppies we often raise for The Seeing Eye guide dog program, around Forbes. I came to Princeton from Amherst College in Massachusetts where I taught Japanese film and literature. Before that I was at Yale University where I completed my Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures. My academic training is in classical Japanese literature and religion so I'm eager to talk with students about everything from anime to Zen Buddhism. Please visit my personal webpage for information I've put together on academic advising and interesting links related to the study of Japan. I am eager to welcome everyone new to Forbes and to reconnect with those you returning to campus whether it be in person or my virtual Zoom Office .