Karen Nakamura

Professor, Anthropology

I’m excited at this opportunity to help create an environment of greater faculty inclusion and belonging on campus through the Faculty Link program. We all deserve to feel part of this great institution. Go Bears!

Karen Nakamura is the Haas Chair in Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology. Her research focuses on disability and social politics.  Her first book was titled Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity (2006). Her next project resulted in two ethnographic films and a monograph titled, A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan (2014). She is finishing a project on the intersections of transsexuality and disability politics in postwar Japan while also working on the ethics and complications of artificial intelligence systems and disability.