I am a cultural and visual anthropologist who researches disability movements in contemporary Japan. My first project was on sign language, identity, and deaf social movements and resulted in a monograph and edited volume. After that, my second project was on schizophrenia and community-based recovery in Japan and this resulted in a book, its translation, and two films.

I'm currently finishing a third project which explores the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality and will result in a book titled: Trans/Japan. After that, I am working on a project on prosthetic, replacement, and augmentation technologies in contemporary Japan and the USA.

Research interests: Disability movements, technology and social policy, identity politics, gender, and sexuality.


Karen Nakamura
Associate Professor of Anthropology
and East Asian Studies
Chair, LGBT Studies
Yale University
karen.nakamura @ yale. edu
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ORCID: 0000-0003-4335-2818