Prospective Graduate Students: First, you should see my announcement regarding my move to UC Berkeley effective January 1, 2016. I am actively seeking students to work with, although whether or not I can accept any students in any particular year will of course depend on the graduate application pool and the needs of the department as a whole. I am particularly interested in students who are working with issues of disability, social movements, and technology (regardless of region). I welcome e-mail from prospective graduate students who want to work with me and encourage you to write early in the process.


Entering a PhD program in Anthropology is a tremendous commitment of time and energy on your part and on the part of the university and your graduate advisor. You should spend as much time as possible before you apply to programs both articulating why you want to enter a doctoral program as well as trying to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various programs that you want to apply to.

My senior Japan colleague at Yale, Professor William Kelly, has written an extensive description of what the Yale anthropology department is looking for in applicants, prospective doctoral students are strongly advised to read this as that program is quite selective and serves as a good proxy for many other competitive programs including UC Berkeley.

I've also written some blog entries about graduate programs in Japan Anthropology and doctoral/MA programs in Visual Anthropology and Deaf Studies/Disability Studies. And finally, some of the most useful advice I've found on the admissions process for grad students has been on - for example this post on the steps you need to follow when applying to grad schools, finding an advisor, and writing your statement of purpose is simply superb:

Teaching Philosophy: A short piece on my philosophy of teaching and mentoring. Also see the "careers" section of my blog.

Resources for Disabled Students and Scholars

  • PhD Disabled - a blog for doctoral students with disabilities
  • Autism&Uni - a European Union based effort to increase access to universities for autistic students