My research is concerned with the social, political, economic, and cultural consequences of attempts to define disability in Japan and the United States. It covers a broad range of topics, which may be divided into three general areas of inquiry: (1) Disability and Politics, (2) Disability and Movements, and (3) Disability and Media.
I approach each of these areas using an interdisciplinary method that I’ve developed through my diverse areas studies training. By synthesizing approaches from history, anthropology, gender studies, and popular culture studies, I reveal how barrier-removal projects and rhetorics of inclusivity have variously abled, disabled, and debilitated individuals in numerous cultural and temporal contexts. I also unite scholars and activists operating in otherwise disparate spheres to facilitate interventions (both intellectual and practical) and refine our understanding of accessibility in the past and present.