About Me

Mark Bookman received his B.A. from Villanova University in 2014 prior to researching Buddhism in Japan as a Fulbright Fellow. Mark earned his M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, where he now studies the history of disability in Japan as a Ph.D. Candidate. In 2018, Mark spent a year at the University of Tokyo as a Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow.

Mark’s dissertation, “Politics and Prosthetics: 150 Years of Disability in Japan,” examines the historical contingencies and geopolitical circumstances that have allowed some disabled people to dictate how policymakers and members of the general public understood ideas about impairment and chronic illness in modern Japan.

Outside of the academy, Mark is also an accessibility consultant. He has collaborated with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), the United States Embassy in Tokyo, and the United Nations, among other partners.