Expert on Japanese literature, visual culture, and popular culture, including manga, haiku, kibyoushi, senryuu, bareku, and so on.
- Japanese comic books, from kibyoushi to manga
- Japanese literature and popular culture of the early modern (1600-1868) and modern periods
- Japanese visual culture of the early modern (1600-1868) and modern periods, including ukiyoe, manga, kibyoushi, haiga, and so on
- history of haiku in Japan, including senryuu, bareku, haikai and so on
- Japanese comic literature (gesaku) of the early modern and modern periods
- Research Student at the University of Kyoto on a grant from the Monbusho (Ministry of Education)
- Research Professor at the University of Tokyo
- Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Japanese Literature, Tokyo, Japan
- Author, "The Penguin Book of Haiku" (London: Penguin Classics, forthcoming 2015)
- Author, "Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyoshi of Edo Japan" (Harvard University Asia Center)
- Staff reporter for a major metropolitan Japanese newspaper "Kyoto Shimbun"
- Editorial intern with the manga weekly "Young Magazine" at Kodansha Publishers
- On the faculty at Harvard University for nearly a decade