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I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta undertaking my SSHRC funded research in the field of Comparative Literature. Generally speaking, my research examines Japanese manga that adapt or are influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars. Specifically, it explores the revival of the boy detective in commercially successful manga throughout the 1990s and early 2000s as a response to discourses of juvenile delinquency at the time. In Winter 2017, I taught a course of my own design entitled “Sherlock Holmes & the Transcultural Imagination” at the University of Alberta, which I won in a department competition. I'm a former member of Edmonton’s Sherlockian Society “The Wisteria Lodgers,” and currently the newest board member of The Bootmakers of Toronto: The Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada. If I wasn't a scholar,  I think, I'd most likely be a sleuth. 

In addition to my thesis work, I also conduct research on women game developers in Japan, exploring questions of women's equal employment laws, Japanese work culture, and discourses of domesticity. You can find my recent published article on women game developers in Japan in chapter 8 of Feminism in Play. As a feminist scholar, I believe in destabilizing gendered expectations and assumptions about women (and those who identify as women) regarding their role within the professional workforce whether that be in academia, STEM, the video game industry, or other industries. For more info about about my research interests, see my monthly blog!

I was born in Miyagi, Japan but immigrated to Canada when I was 11 months. I've lived in Ontario for the majority of my life. I'm a bilingual speaker of Japanese and English and I'm currently studying to achieve Level 5 proficiency in Mandarin Chinese with Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì  (HSK)  and preparing to write the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF). I also have a purple sash in Mantis Style Kung Fu from the Niagara Kung Fu Academy. I'm a self-proclaimed foodie (@mimirellaz) and collect anything related to Sherlock Holmes and Aoyama Gōshō 's Meitantei Konan--yes, I currently have up to 95 volumes of the original manga series, and counting! You can also find me on twitter.

It's my dream one day to visit the Gōshō Aoyama Manga Factory!