My research mainly concerns the history of earthquakes in Japan, both the impact of seismicity on society and the history of science. I have written about significance of the 1855 Ansei Edo earthquake and about earthquakes and tsunamis along Japan’s Pacific northeast coast in the modern era. Projected future projects include a history of seismology in Japan and a broadening of the geographic scope of my work on earthquakes to East Asia as a whole. My teaching interests include world history, the history of science and technology, and East Asia.
When the Earth Roars: Lessons from the History of Earthquakes in Japan. Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4422-2009-6.
Seismic Japan: The Long History and Continuing Legacy of the Ansei Edo Earthquake. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0824838171.
Bettina Gramlich-Oka, co-editor. Economic Thought in Early-Modern Japan. Brill, 2010. ISBN 978-90-04-18383-4.