After completing her B.A. and M.A. at Kyoto University, Japan, and her Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington, Naoko Wake joined the faculty of Michigan State University in 2005, where she holds a joint appointment with Lyman Briggs College and Department of History. Her field of specialization is the history of medicine, gender, sexuality in the United States and the Pacific Rim, and she is the author of Private Practices: Harry Stack Sullivan, the Science of Homosexuality, and American Liberalism (Rutgers, 2011) and the co-author (with Shinpei Takeda) of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Beyond the Ocean (Yururi Books, 2014). She is currently working on her second monograph Bombing Americans: Gender and Trans-Pacific Memory after World War II, which explores the history of Japanese-American and Korean-American survivors of the bomb with a focus on their transnational memory, identity, and activism.