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 Ph.D. Candidate. In 2018, I spent a year at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology as a Japan Foundation Fellow.

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

Outside of the academy, I also work as an accessibility consultant.