I am a cultural and visual anthropologist who researches disability in contemporary Japan 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 Berkeley Disability Lab and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society 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.

Note: on January 1, 2016, I left Yale University to begin a new position at UC Berkeley.


Research interests: Disability movements, technology and social policy, identity politics, gender, and sexuality.



Other hats
In addition to my academic position at Cal, I also wear a few other hats:
I'm happy to take email correspondence on either of these two issues, just please it make it clear when emailing me if you're discussing these other contexts.


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Contact Info



Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair
  in Disability Studies and
Professor of Anthropology
University of California Berkeley

karen.nakamura@berkeley.edu

Department of Anthropology
232 Kroeber
Berkeley, CA 94720-3710
USA

disability.jp/nakamura
ORCID: 0000-0003-4335-2818