Kendal Kelly received her B.A. in Humanities (cum laude) in May 2009 from Villanova University, with a minor in Japanese Studies. As an undergraduate, Kendal spent a semester in the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, where she received the Kansai Gaidai Merit Scholarship. She is also an alumna of the JET Programme, having served as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Aomori Prefecture from 2010-2012. A position at Showa Boston Institute as a Resident Assistant brought her to Boston in August of 2012, where she remained until August 2015. Kendal first joined the Harvard staff in 2013 as a Laboratory Administrator in the research labs of Professors Takao Hensch and John Dowling. Prior to joining the Program on US-Japan Relations, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of Freshmen in Harvard College, Tom Dingman. Kendal hails from West Chester, PA, and in her free time enjoys running, yoga, and aerial acrobatics as well as hiking with her fiancé and their German Shepherd.