Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Japanese Politics at SOAS, University of London who specializes in international migration, nationalism, culture, and political sociology. She is a past Richard B. Fischer Member of Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Her book Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice appeared with Stanford University Press in 2013, and received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia. She has published in numerous academic and intellectual journals, including the European Journal of Sociology, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, New Left Review, and London Review of Books, and her work has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, Korean, and German. For her scholarship, she has received awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Fulbright-Hays Foundation, Japan Foundation, European University Institute, Frankfurt University, University of California Board of Regents, and the Sainsbury Foundation, among others. Before joining SOAS, she taught at UCLA and at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She comments regularly for the BBC, Sky TV News, Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera. Currently, her research investigates temporary migrant labor programs in East Asia and across the globe, as well as the rise of citizenship by investment programs.