About Me

Mark Bookman received his B.A. in Global Interdisciplinary Studies from Villanova University in 2014 prior to researching Buddhist Philosophy 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 and politics of disability as a Ph.D. Candidate. In 2018, Mark spent a year at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology as a Japan Foundation Doctoral Research 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 understand ideas about impairment and chronic illness in contemporary Japan.

Outside of the academy, Mark is also an accessibility consultant.