Dylan Siegel was born in 1994 and grew up in Southern California. He majored in History at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in modern Japan and particularly the Meiji era. His senior thesis project examined how Japan’s view of itself on the world stage changed between 1895 and 1905, honing in on elder statesmen and a new generation of thinkers. Since graduating, Dylan has spent a few months in Kyoto as a language student, and has also worked as a writer and producer at a digital media news studio in Los Angeles. He is currently interested in the supernatural in Japan, and hopes to apply a historical lens to how ghosts and other supernatural phenomena appear in the wake of widespread trauma and disaster. When he isn’t studying, you can find him staring at half-written fiction stories or at a punk concert.