My research is concerned with the social, political, economic, and cultural consequences of policies related to the education, employment, and community integration of persons with disabilities in Japan and the United States. It covers a broad range of topics, which may be divided into three general areas of inquiry:
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, media, and policy 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.