Field: Japanese Literature
Advisors: Haruo Shirane & Tomi Suzuki
Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in early modern Japanese literature at Columbia University. His dissertation examines literary representations of chonin (urban commoner) identity in relation to shifts in the administrative policy, print and performance media, and urban space of early modern Japan. His research interests include early modern book history and print culture, especially commercial publishing and the woodblock print as media; social history, urban space, and the Edo-Meiji transition.