My research is concerned with the social, political, economic, and cultural consequences of defining 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 illuminate how barrier-removal projects and rhetorics of inclusivity have variously abled, disabled, and debilitated individuals in divergent cultural and temporal contexts. In so doing, I open the door for cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations in the name of social change.
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