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The Comic Storytelling of Western Japan: Satire and Social Mobility in Kamigata Rakugo (Cambridge University Press, 2021)


“Everybody’s Comfier with a Good Pillow: Rakugo‘s Makura Prologues.” Asian Theatre Journal 38, no. 2 (fall 2021).

Using Yoshikono and War to Save Rakugo in Osaka.Japan Forum 30, no. 3: 394-420 (2018).

Jippensha Ikku, Hizakurige, and Comic Storytelling.“ Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal 20: 46-75 (2012).

Travel and Tabibanashi in the Early Modern Period: Forming Japanese Geographic Identity.“ Asian Theatre Journal 25, no. 1: 101-121 (spring 2008).


Invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed three-volume anthology project in progress, tentatively titled Early Modern Japanese Comic Books (An Anthology of Kusazōshi), edited by Adam L. Kern and Glynne Walley.

“The Makura of Rakugo, Tradition and Modernity” in Humour in Asian Cultures: Tradition and Context. Edited by Jessica Milner Davis (London: Taylor & Francis, forthcoming).

Rakugos Negotiation of Militarism during the World War II Years” in Defamiliarizing Japan’s Asia-Pacific War. Edited by W. Puck Brecher and Michael Myers (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019).

“Mishima Yukio (1925-1970)” in Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. Edited by Howard Chiang (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019).

“Spotlight – Popular Arts: Rakugo and Misemono” in A History of Japanese Theatre. Edited by Jonah Salz (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

“Laughter After Wars: Rakugo Under the American Occupation” in Rising from the Flames: The Rebirth of Theatre in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952. Edited by Samuel L. Leiter (Lexington Books, 2009).