Born in Kyoto, Japan. BEd Osaka University of Education, MA in Linguistics, Graduate Diploma in HIgher Education, PhD in Linguistics, UNSW.
2013 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, The University of New South Wales.
2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Australian Awards for University Teaching (as UNSW Japanese Studies Team)
2011 The Dean's Learning and Teaching Award for Excellence in the Application of TELT, Faculty of Arts, The University of New South Wales.
Spoken Discourse Analysis (gender, overlap, listener responses); Japanese popular culture; Japanese language education