I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University SFC, where I direct the CompMusic lab. I have been a leader in reviving the comparative study of the world’s music, through which I hope to better understand not only music itself, but also its broader relationship to cultural and biological diversity.
Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. I received my Ph.D. in Musicology from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2017. I also hold an M.Sc. in Psychology from McMaster University (Canada) and a B.A. in Music Composition from Amherst College (USA). In 2017, I became the fifth non-Japanese to receive the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Ikushi Prize, awarded by the Emperor to 17 doctoral students throughout Japan.