I am a cultural and visual anthropologist who researches disability 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.

Note: effective January 1, 2016, I am at a new position at UC Berkeley.

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




Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair
  in Disability Studies and
Professor of Anthropology
University of California Berkeley

karen.nakamura@berkeley.edu

Department of Anthropology
232 Kroeber
Berkeley, CA 94720-3710
USA

disability.jp/nakamura
ORCID: 0000-0003-4335-2818