Research Director of the Sainbury Institue for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures /
Curator of the Japanese Collections, British Museum
She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. Her research interests include early modern to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and particularly Japan, East Asian trade networks, the history of archaeology and collecting things Japanese. She spent three years on secondment as a Visiting Professor in Cultural Resource Studies at Tokyo University (2006-2009). From 2009 onwards she is a Curator of the Japanese Collections, British Museum. From summer 2011 she is also Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute.