Masao Imamura is an Associate Professor at Yamagata University. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Kyoto University. He received his PhD in Geography from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014. Born and raised in Kamakura, Japan, he graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and worked as a librarian at St. John’s College in New Mexico. Before arriving at NUS, he was affiliated with Chiang Mai University and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Based on archival research and fieldwork, his dissertation analyzes the conversion to Protestant Christianity of the Kachin people in northern Burma/Myanmar. Through this study of religious culture, he pursues certain historiographical and philosophical questions about modernity.