About Me

I received my B.A. in Global Interdisciplinary Studies from Villanova University in 2014 prior to researching Buddhist Philosophy in Japan as a Fulbright Fellow. I earned my M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, where I now study the history of disability in Japan as a PhD Candidate.

My dissertation, “Politics, Prosthetics, and Public Imaginations: 150 Years of Disability in Japan,” explores how policies related to education, employment, and social participation have structured the lives of persons with disabilities in Japan over the last 150 years, triggering political, economic, and technical innovations.

When I’m not writing my dissertation, I work part time as a researcher for Accessible Japan Inc. I also do freelance consulting on issues pertaining to disability and access for organizations like Disabled Persons’ International (DPI) Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism.