Hailing originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, I completed my MA in Politics on Postcolonialism and Population Genetics at the University of Canterbury. I spent three years in Japan in Fukushima-shi on the JET program and try to make as many visits back as possible.
Formerly worked as a Policy Adviser at the NZ Ministry of Research, Science, and Technology. This was excellent training for two reasons. First I discovered decisively that I had a problem with closely managed authority. A life training lesson. Secondly, it did have an influence on my ability to think strategically, tactically and to be self-directed and self-disciplined. These attributes seem to be coming in handy more than anticipated for my current life endeavor.
I have just taken up a University of Auckland PhD Scholarship, although my research question is as of right now unclear. My likely focus is Japanese foreign policy identity and East Asian Regionalism, although I have recently been fascinated with looking at nationalism and generation change in Japan. I am slowly coming to a point where I may be able to knit the various elements of the ideas together.