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 currently study the history of disability in Japan as a PhD Candidate.
My dissertation, “Politics, Prosthesis, and the Popular Imagination: 100 Years of Disability in Japan,” explores how ideas about accessibility have galvanized social movements and structured law, policy, fiction, and film in Japan over the last one-hundred years.
I’m about to embark on a one-year research trip back to Japan, where I will work with experts on disability and barrier-removal at the University of Tokyo as a Japan Foundation Research Fellow.