I am a third generation Japanese American (Sansei), born and raised in Berkeley, CA. I attended San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley ("Cal"). In 1977, I received a B.S. in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics from the Department of Nutritional Science at Cal and later, went on to earn an M.B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans. After working as a commercial banker for six years, I enrolled at Stanford Law School and earned my J.D. in 1992. Following law school, I held the Future Law Teaching Fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center.
I have taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law as an adjunct professor and the University of Toledo College of Law as a visiting professor. I have been on the faculty at Albany Law
School since 1995. Courses I have taught include: Business
Organizations, Commercial Law, Contracts, Gender & the Law,
Immigration Law & Policy, Issues in Law & Society Seminar, Law
& Sexuality, Sales, Leases & Payment Law.
My research interests focus on the interaction of law, race, sexuality, gender, class, and national identity in social history.
collect advertising trade cards and other ephemera with orientalist
and/or racist depictions and themes. Most of the items in my collection
were produced around the turn of the 19th century in the wake of
reconstruction, U.S. imperialist expansion, and at a time when
anti-immigrant sentiments were rising. In many cases, the images have
little to do with the items advertised. These images illustrate
stereotypical views of Asians at the turn of the 20th century. Trade
card printers aimed their humor at many ethnic groups including Chinese,
Japanese, Irish, Jewish, German, and Italian people. View Victorian-era trade cards (.pdf)
live in Albany, NY with my partner, Laura, and my dog, Bojocq
(pronounced Bo - Zhock). Among many things, Laura and I share a passion
for dark chocolate. We are working together on a guidebook to tours of
artisanal chocolate makers around the world. Feel free to send us samples to taste-test.
Current Research Projects
Queer Lactification and Paper Daughters (draft)
Publicly Private (work-in-progress)
Loving Off Base (work-in progress)
If you have any questions or comments, email me at: email@example.com.