Brian studies the history of Modern Japan, with a focus on cities and reconstruction after World War Two. He began his course of study at the University of Kansas where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in History. His master’s research explored the cultural politics of Tokyo’s busiest train station, Shinjuku Station, at the confluence of three major forces: the restructuring of Japanese National Railways into a public corporation, the interest from competitive developers stimulated by Japan’s economic miracle, and the pressure of increasing commuter demand within the context of rapid postwar urbanization. His current work focuses on the transnational study of urban history in both Tokyo and Munich, with the aim of locating Japan and Germany’s postwar reconstruction within the broader scope of a global Cold War.