About

Photo of Mark Bookman, a young, white motorized wheelchair user. Mark is wearing a grey suit and is positioned against a black background on a red carpet.

Access for Everyone

Mark Bookman is a Ph.D. Candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. His research looks at the history and politics of disability in Japanese and global contexts.

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.

Mark also works as an accessibility consultant. He has collaborated with government agencies in Japan and the United States, the Olympic and Paralympic Committees, and the UN on inclusive education, equitable transportation, and risk management projects.

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