UC Berkeley Disability Lab Visiting Scholars (including Pre- and Post-Docs)

UC Berkeley is at the center of disability activism in the United States, the technology boom, as well as a center for disability scholarship. We welcome visiting scholars, pre-doctoral students, and other researchers and would like to foster more international exchange especially with disabled scholars and scholars from the Global South.

Current Post-Docs and Visitors

The UC Berkeley Disability Lab is pleased to be hosting two post-docs during the 2017-2018 academic year:

• Prof. Soya Mori is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies of the Japanese External Trade Organization (IDE/JETRO) in Tokyo, Japan. His research focus is the economies of developing nations, especially as to how they affect people with disabilities in Southeast Asia. He is conducts research in sign linguistics. Prof. Mori has degrees from the University of Rochester and Waseda University. [academic home page]
• Prof. Zvika Orr is on the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at the Jerusalem College of Technology. Dr. Orr received his doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently conducting research on the human rights of people with disabilities in Israel. [academic home page]


Becoming a Post-Doc or Visiting Scholar

For details about becoming a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, please see the university's Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) program website.

Before you come, you should know that there are some serious caveats and limitations to hosting visiting scholars, pre-docs, and post-docs:
  • The UC Berkeley Disability Lab does not have any funds or fellowships to support visiting scholars, so you would need to come in with your own funding. The fees that the university charges can be considerable (see below)
  • There is not any private office space. You are free to use the Disability Lab space to meet/study/conduct research within the constraints of the lab's own schedule, but we cannot offer you an office. Most visitors use the library, cafes, or their own homes for study spaces.
  • Housing in Berkeley is very expensive and there is a dire lack of accessible housing. The VSPA office has promised to hire staff to help people find housing but it is a very difficult market and options may not be affordable to you.
  • The anthro department and the lab have only very limited staff support so visitors will need to be self-sufficient in regards to relocation, finding (accessible) housing, navigating life in the USA, and so forth
  • Disability accommodations are made through the visiting scholars program and not anthropology or disability studies

Fees: As of 2018, the fees are: VSPA university services fee $750-1000, foreign student visa fee $500, anthropology department fee $500, disability studies lab fee $500 = $2250-2500. In addition, the university requires health insurance coverage at all times. Visitors should be aware that housing (especially wheelchair accessible housing) is in extremely short supply in Berkeley and that visiting scholars are not eligible to stay in the dorms (with the exception of International House). We estimate that you should conservatively budget at least $2000-3000 a month in living expenses, depending on what type of living situation you desire.

Even with all these caveats, you would like to work as a pre- or post-doctoral fellow or visiting researcher at the UC Berkeley Disability Lab, please contact Prof. Karen Nakamura.