I am a cultural and visual anthropologist who researches disability in contemporary Japan and the United States at the University of California, Berkeley. My first project was on sign language, identity, and deaf social movements and resulted in a monograph and edited volume. After that, my second project was on schizophrenia and community-based recovery in Japan and this resulted in a book, its translation, and two films.
I'm currently running the UC Berkeley Disability Lab and the Othering and Belonging Institute's Disability Studies research cluster while finishing a third project which explores the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality, which will result in a book titled: Trans/Japan. After that, I am working on a project on prosthetic, replacement, and augmentation technologies in contemporary Japan and the USA.
Research interests: Disability movements, technology and social policy, identity politics, gender, and sexuality.
In addition to my academic position at Cal, I also wear a few other hats:
- I'm on the board of the Society for Disability Studies - which is the main interdisciplinary association for academic Disability Studies in the USA
- I'm the secretary of the Faculty Coalition for Disability Rights, which is an organization of faculty (including adjuncts, emeriti, lecturers, GSIs, and others in teaching roles) who are at UC Berkeley and are concerned about access at the university
- I'm a Commissioner (and past Chair) of the Oakland City Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities.
Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair
in Disability Studies and
Professor of Anthropology
University of California Berkeley
Department of Anthropology
Berkeley, CA 94720-3710