Following my undergraduate degree at RMIT University, during which I studied abroad at Ryukoku University in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, I decided to focus on the application of the theoretical aspects of media and culture which had fascinated me during my studies. I continued into an Honours program at RMIT University, where I was awarded First Class Honours for my thesis, ‘Remember Madoka: Transgressing the Magical Girl’, which was one of the first academic pieces written on the series, and reflects my negotiation of the text as it existed at the time.
After working as an assistant language teacher in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, I returned to Australia to continue my studies within Monash University’s School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics in the Doctor of Philosophy program. Building on my experiences in Japan, and the growth of the Madoka Magica franchise since its beginnings in 2011, I focused my research on trends of production and consumption in the Japanese anime media mix. In May 2018, my thesis – ‘Exploring Madoka Magica: Producing Narratives in Japanese Media Franchises’ – passed examination, concluding my studies.
I now hope to continue my research into Japanese media culture and its flows, both domestic and internationally. My current research projects reflect this interest in looking outside the Japanese domestic market, which was the focus of my doctoral research, and examining how transnational flows of media create new interpretations of the same cultural texts.
In December 2018, I became the Book Reviews Editor for the electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies. I hope to use this role to continue contributing and developing my network of contacts in the field of Japanese studies.