Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair in Disability Studies ORCID: 0000-0003-4335-2818
Professor of Anthropology
University of California Berkeley
232 Kroeber Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkeley CA 94720-3710 USA http://www.disabilitystudies.jp
Monographs and Edited Volumes
2014 ____________________________ [Crazy in Japan: An Ethnography of Bethel House]. Translation supervision by Koji Ishihara and Tetsuya Kawano. A revised and updated Japanese translation of A Disability of the Soul. Tokyo: Igaku Shoin Publishing.
2006 Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- Winner of 2008 John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association of Asian Studies
2003 Co-Editor, Many Ways to be Deaf: International Linguistic and Sociocultural Variation. Ed. Leila Monaghan, Constanze Schmaling, Karen Nakamura, and Graham Turner. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.
- 2010 Best Short Film Media Award from the Society
for Visual Anthropology
- 2011 David Plath Media Award from the Society for East Asian Anthropology
- 2011 University of British Columbia Ethnographic Film Festival – Jury Prize Second Runner Up
2007 Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan. Color NTSC DVD and online streaming. 41 minutes. Distributed by CreateSpace.
2006a Creating and Contesting Signs in Contemporary Japan: Language Ideologies, Identity and Community in Flux. Sign Language Studies Volume 7 Number 1 (Fall 2006): 11-29.
[Resistance and Assimilation: The Relationship between Japanese Federation and the Deaf and Political Power. Shakai Kagaku Kenkyě Vol 57 (3-4). Tokyo: Tokyo University Institute for Social Science.]
Book Chapters and Other Journal Articles
2014 No voice in the courtroom?: Deaf legal cases in Japan during the 1960s. In Going to Court to Change Japan: Social Movements and the Law. Ed. Patricia Steinhoff. Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, Number 77. 147-163. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
2014 Barrier-Free Brothels: Sex Volunteers, Prostitutes and People with Disabilities. In Capturing Contemporary Japan: Differentiation and Uncertainty. Edited by Glenda Roberts, Satsuki Kawano, and Susan Long. 202-220. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
2013 The dysprosody of images. In Visual Research: A Concise Introduction to Thinking Visually. Edited by Jonathan Marion and Jerome Crowder. New York: Berg.
2010 The language politics of Japanese Sign Language (Nihon Shuwa). Deaf around the World The Impact of Language. Ed. Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli. 316-332. New York: Oxford University Press.
2009 ______________________ 2009(5):
[Connecting Disability Studies and Deaf Studies. Journal of Disability Studies (Japan) 2009 (5): 52-60. Tokyo: Japanese Society for Disability Studies]
2003a "Deaf Shock," and the Hard-of-Hearing: Japanese Deaf identities at the borderlands. Many Ways to be Deaf: International Linguistic and Sociocultural Variation. Ed. Leila Monaghan, Constanze Schmaling, Karen Nakamura, and Graham Turner. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.
2003b Female masculinity and fantasy spaces: transcending genders in the Takarazuka theatre. With Hisako Matsuo (co-author). Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan: Dislocating the Salaryman Doxa. Edited by James Roberson and Nobue Suzuki. 59-76. New York: Routledge.
[Deaf Movements in the United States and Japan from a Comparative Analytical Perspective. Sign Language Communication Studies August (33): 45-54. Tokyo: Japanese Institute for Sign Language Studies.]
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[Deaf education in Japan and the U.S.: a comparative approach from a linguistic and sociocultural anthropology perspective (Lecture Transcript of November 14, 1998). Total Communications Research Group Report No. 79. Winter, 1999. Tokyo: Total Communication Research Group.]
1998a ______________________________ _______________________, p______1998.3 (27)_
[Ethnically deaf: identity, culture, and the making of sign language communities. Sign Language Communication Studies. April, 1998. Tokyo: Japanese Institute for Sign Language Studies.]
1998b Transitioning on Campus: A Case Studies Approach. In Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Students: A Handbook for Faculty and Administrators. Ronni L. Sahlo, ed. 179-186. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
1997 Narrating Ourselves: Duped or duplicitous? In Gender Blending. Bonnie Bullough, Vern Bullough, and James Elias, eds. 74-86. Buffalo: Prometheus Press.
2007 The Chrysanthemum and the Queer:
Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives on Sexuality in Japan. Journal
of Homosexuality. Volume 52, Issue _: 267-281.
2015 Review of Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge, by Brigitte Steger and Angelika Koch, eds. Social Science Japan Journal. doi:10.1093/ssjj/jyv004
of Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia [The Bird
Dancer, 40 min.; Family Victim, 38 min.; Shadows and
Illuminations, 35 min.], directed by Robert Lemelson (2010).
American Anthropologist, Vol. 113, No. 4, pp. 655–656.
2008 Review of Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish [Joze to tora to sakana tachi], directed by Isshin Inudo (2003). Asian Educational Media Services News and Reviews. Issue 31 (Winter): 3-4.
2006b Review of Jennifer Robertson, ed.
A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan.
Pacific Affairs. Volume 79, No. 1 (Spring): 129-130.
2004b Review of Megan Jennaway’s Sisters
and Lovers: Women and Desire in Bali.
American Ethnologist. Vol. 31, No. 1 (February).
1998 Review of Jennifer Terry and Jacqueline Urla’s Deviant Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture. SOLGAN Vol. 20, No. 3: 5-6.
2011 _____________________ [Sexuality and Disability – from an Anthropological Perspective]. Annual Report of the [University of Tokyo] Center for Barrier Free Education. Vol. 1: 93-109.
2008 A Case Against Giving Informants Cameras and Coming Back Weeks Later. Knowledge Exchange. Anthropology News. Vol. 49, No. 2: 20. Washington, D.C. American Anthropological Association.
2005 Severe Disabilities, Liberalism, and Social Welfare Policy in Japan and the United States. Anthropology News. Vol. 46, No. 9: 58. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association.
2002a Eight photographs of rural Malaysia in “Meeting Malaysia.” Text by Jan Shaw-Flamm. Macalester Today (Summer): 22-29.
2002b "Deafness, Ethnicity, and Minority Politics in Modern Malaysia." Macalester International Volume 12 (Autumn): 193-202. St. Paul, MN: Macalester College.
2002d Morals, Sexuality, and Fieldwork. Ethical Currents. Anthropology News. Vol. 43 (3 [March]): 24. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association.
2002e Helpful or Harmful: How Innovative Communication Technology Affect Survivors of Intimate Violence. By Ann L. Kranz with Karen Nakamura. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. http://www.mincava.umn.edu/
2011 University of British Columbia Ethnographic Film Festival Jury Prize (2nd Runner up) for A Japanese Funeral
Short Film Media Award from the Society for Visual Anthropology awarded for
A Japanese Funeral (Manic Films 2010).
Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies awarded to
Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity (Cornell University Press 2006).
2006 Journal article “Resistance and Co-optation” selected as one of 100 Seminal Papers in the Oxford University Press Centenary of Publishing.
2003 Tokyo University Institute of Social Science / Oxford University Award for Modern Japanese Studies.
1993 Cornell University: Phi Beta Kappa & Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Selected Grants and Fellowships
2011 Yale University Senior Faculty Fellowship.
2011 Association for Asian Studies NEAC Short-Term Travel Fellowship. PI. $3000.
2011 Waseda University / Yale University 125th Anniversary Asakawa Kanichi Fellowship. PI. JPī1,200,000 + USD $1200 + rent-free accommodation and use of research facilities for six months (Sept 1, 2011 to Feb 29, 2012).
2007 Yale University Junior Faculty Fellowship.
2004-05 Abe Fellow, Social Science Research Council and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. PI. $83,000.
2004 East-West Center China-U.S.A. Asian Studies Development Program.
2002-03 Macalester Faculty Research and Teaching Grants (College Co-Mentoring Fellowship; Freeman Fund China Travel Grant; Mellon Summer Research Fellowship; Bush Course Development Grant; International Seminar, Penang, Malaysia).
1999-00 Yale University Council on East Asian Studies Prize Fellowship.
1999 SSRC Japan Dissertation Workshop Fellowship.
1997-9 Wenner-Gren Foundation Small Grant for Dissertation Research. PI. $18,000.
Mar 7, 2015 Film Screening: Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan. Mental Health in Japan symposium at University of Pittsburgh.
May 11, 2014 Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker: Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan. Mad in America Film Festival.
June 26, 2013 Film screening: A Japanese Funeral. International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) 2013. Macao SAR, P.R. China.
March 22, 2013 Film screening: A Japanese Funeral. Association for Asian Studies Film Expo at the AAS Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.
April 30, 2011 Film screening: A Japanese Funeral. University of British Columbia Ethnographic Film Festival.
Nov 18, 2010 USA Premiere: A Japanese Funeral. Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Interactive Media Screenings at the American Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Nov 14, 2010 International Premiere: A Japanese Funeral. Globians International Documentary Festival at Stuttgart, Germany.
Feb 26, 2009 Film screening: Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio).
March 2, 2008 Japan Premiere: Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan. Feminist Active Documentary Video Festival Renren. Tokyo, Japan.
Sept 7, 2007 International Premiere: Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan. Disabled People’s International World Assembly. Seoul, Korea.
Oct 11, 2006 Film screening: Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan (rough cut). Margaret Mead Ethnographic Film Festival at Yale University, New Haven.
- Nov, 2006 Photography exhibition: Disability in Japan. Sterling
Memorial Library, Yale University.
Conference Presentations and Lecture Series (Past 5 Years)
March 28, 2015 Conference paper on Visualizing Transsexual Rights Movements in Japan. Panel on Revisualizing East Asian organized by Marc Moskowitz. Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Feb 12-14, 2015 Organizer, Keynote Respondent, Panel Chair. Yale LGBT Studies Conference on Queering Anthropology. Yale University.
Dec 5, 2014 Discussant. Panel on “Japan at the Edge.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
Dec 4, 2014 Roundtable Presenter. Panel on “Ethnographic Film Production and Distribution: Current Practices and Possibilities.” Dec 5, 2014 Discussant. Panel on “Japan at the Edge.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
April 3, 2014 Conference paper: Barrier Free Brothels and Call Girls for Crips. Conference on Composing Disability. George Washington University.
March 28, 2014 Conference paper on Trans in Paradise: The Case of FTM Men in Okinawa. Panel on “Paradise” organized by Christine Yano. Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
March 21, 2014 Conference paper on The Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology of GID: A Global Perspective. Japanese Association for Gender Identity Studies Annual Meeting, Okinawa, Japan.
March 13, 2014 Conference paper on Ethical Dimensions in Ethnographic Mental Health Research: _Who is Protecting Who? Conference on “New Directions in Social Studies of Medicine, Science and Ethics” held in honor of Margaret Lock. Princeton University.
Nov 24, 2013 Conference paper on Bent Nails Standing Proud. Conference on Japan and the Singularity. INALCO Paris, France.
Nov 24, 2013 Conference paper on Trans/Japan, Trans/Disability. CoGEA Invited Panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago.
Oct 31, 2013 Lecture on A Disability of the Soul. Mellon Lecture Series. University of Missouri at Saint Louis. Tarragona, Spain.
June 13, 2013 Workshop on Negotiating Access and IRBs for the Society for Medical Anthropology / European Association for Social Anthropology Joint Conference. Tarragona, Spain.
Apr 19, 2013 Conference paper. Biopsychosocial approaches to Psychiatric Disabilities. Panel on Injury, Illness, Chronic Pain and Disability Studies. Debilitating Queerness: The Sixth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium hosted by the LGBT Studies Program at University of Maryland.
Apr 5, 2013 Plenary paper. Trans/Japan, Trans/Disability. Cripistemologies conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.
Mar 18, 2013 Discussant. Panel title: Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History. Organized by Laura Miller. Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting.
Nov 20, 2011 Conference paper. Call Girls and Crips: Intersections of Disability and Sexuality In a Dark Japan. Panel on “Capturing Japan after the lost decade.” Reviewed by the Society for East Asian Anthropology. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada.
March 15, 2010 Discussant. Panel title: A Discourse-Centered Approach to Japanese Culture. Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS). University of Texas at Austin.
Dec 2, 2014 Roundtable Panelist. Critical Intersectionalities with(in) Disability, Sexuality, and Feminism. Georgetown University.
Oct 28, 2014 Open Lecture: Studying Disability and Mental Illness at Yale. Working Women’s Network, Yale University.
April 14, 2014 Open Lecture: Schizophrenia and a Life in Decline in Japan: An Anthropology of Mental Illness. Department of Anthropology, University of California Berkeley.
Jan 22, 2014 Open Lecture: Schizophrenia and Community Life in Japan: The Bethel House Experience. Connecticut Mental Health Center.
Oct 2, 2013 Open Lecture: Disability Studies in Japan. A Pechakucha Presentation. WGSS, Yale University.
May 8, 2013 Open Lecture: Fieldwork Studies in Disability Studies. University of California at Los Angeles.
May 11, 2012 Open Lecture: A Disability of the Soul: Japan, Schizophrenia, Psychotourism, and Bethel House. Asia Center. University of Utah.
Mar 22, 2012 Open Lecture: Crooked Nails Standing Tall: Images and Stories of Disability and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan. Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University.
Jan 19, 2012 Open Lecture: ______________ _______________________________ Trans/Disability: Disability, Queer Sexualities, and Transsexuality_from a Comparative Ethnographic Perspective. Barrier Free Education Center Lecture Series, University of Tokyo.
Oct 21, 2011 Open Lecture: The Identity Politics of Disability. Department of Linguistics. International Christian University, Tokyo Japan.
April 12, 2010 Lecture: A Disability of the Soul: Community-based Mental Health Care in Japan. Yale Global Mental Health Program, Department of Psychiatry. Yale University.
Feb 8, 2010 Lecture: Call Girls for Crips: Intersections of disability and sexuality. Diversity Week. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences.
in Sociocultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Yale University.
Dissertation title: Deaf Identities, Sign Languages, and Minority Social Movement Politics in Modern Japan (1868-2000). Advisor: Professor William Kelly.
1998 M.Phil. in Sociocultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Yale University.
1993 B.A. magna cum laude. Cornell University. Double major, College Scholar Program and Psychology with a concentration in Women's Studies. Distinction in all subjects.
2016.1 ~ Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair in Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology. University of California, Berkeley, CA.
2016.1.1 ~ 2016.6.30 Research Scholar Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2013.7 ~ 2015.12 Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies with Tenure, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2011.7 ~ 2013.6 Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies on Term, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2005.8 ~ 2011.6 Assistant Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2001.8 ~ 2005.8 Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Macalester College, St. Paul MN.
2015-2018 Member, Editorial Board, Amerasia Journal.
2014-2015 Chair, LGBT Studies Committee, Yale University.
2014-15, 15-16 Member, AAUW International Fellowship Selection Panel (Social-Sciences).
2013-2015 Chair, Association Operations Committee, American Anthropological Association.
2013-2016 Member, Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies.
2015-2016 Chair, Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies.
2014-2015 Vice-Chair, Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies.
2013-15, 2009-11 Board member, Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.
2014 Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan Review Board.
2013-2014 Jury Member, SVA Film Festival.
2012 SVA Film Festival Czarista, Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.
2011 SVA Film Festival Czarista and Co-Coordinator, Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.
2010~ Member, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council, Yale University.
2009-2011 Member, Yale University Human Subjects Committee.
2008~ Member, LGBT Studies Committee, Yale University.
2008-2012 Editorial Board, American Anthropologist, American Anthropological Association.
2008-2010 Co-Chair, SOLGA: The Society for Lesbian and Gay Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.
2008-2009 Member, Yale College Course of Study Committee.
2008-2009 Academic Mentor, Yale Mellon-Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program.
2005-2008 Elected member, Committee on Minority Affairs in Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.
2004-2005 Nominated Member, American Anthropological Association SOLGA /
2002-2005 Elected member (Minority Seat), Long-Range Planning Committee, American Anthropological Association.
2002-2004 Academic Mentor. Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Macalester College.
2002-2004 Nominated member, American Anthropological Association SOLGA Payne Student Research Prize Committee.
2000-2005 SOLGA Liaison (AAA Board nominated position), Committee on Ethics, American Anthropological Association.
1993-1994 Board of Directors; Educational Representative; Board Secretary; Executive Committee Member; Co-chair , Recruitment Committee. Board of Directors. Ithaca Rape Crisis, Inc. Ithaca NY. Also, Educator 1991-1994.
Engineering and Systems Development Background
1996 – cont. President, Global
Mapping Systems. Lead developer of GPSy.
GPS/GIS Macintosh mapping and navigation systems development.
Shipping products: GPSy for MacOS, GPS portion of DeLorme StreetAtlas 4 for
1993 – 1996 Macintosh systems
and network developer, Yale University. Responsible for development of Macintosh
PPP/ARA end-user solutions.
Shipping Products: Network Starter Kit, misc. CGI scripts. for network access
1993–1994 Network Administrator / Computer Systems Development, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Cornell University. Internal Use Only: AV Materials Library and Invoicing Control System (4th Dimension).
Developer, Focal Point Computer, Inc., Tokyo Japan. Developed a comprehensive
suite of SCSI hard drive utilities and driver software for the Sony Vbox
(computer video controller).
Shipping Products: SCSI Suite; SCSI SpeedGun; SCSI Formatter. Internal Release Only: Sony V-BOX controller.
1992–1993 Co-publisher and Technical Editor, NeXTWATCH, then the largest commercial newsletter for the NeXTSTEP system.
Consultant / Developer, Canon Information Systems, Palo Alto, USA. Developed
the Canon IX-Scans software package, the kernel for the Canon Still Video
Floppy drive system, and the driver software for the Canon Magneto Optical SCSI
Shipping Product: IX-SCANS. Internal Release Only SVVideo Controller; MO-Controller.
1989–1993 Freelance NeXTSTEP systems developer. Shipping Product: Casssandra.
1989 Senior Consultant and Programmer, Focal Point Computer Inc., Tokyo Japan. Worked closely with large corporations to assist in networking and optimizing their shared computing environments. Clients included the Tokyo offices of Dentsu Burson Marsteller, Peat Marwick, and Merrill Lynch.
Doctoral Dissertations Supervised
H. Sheikholeslami 6th year (ABD), Sociocultural Anthropology, Yale U.
“Publishers, Translators, and the Circulation of Western Texts in Iran”
• NSF Doctoral Dissertation Grant #1226303 awarded.
• SSRC IDRF Fellowship awarded.
Elizabeth Miles 5th year (ABD), Sociocultural Anthropology, Yale U.
“Heterosexual Masculinity in Postmainstream Japan”
• Fulbright IIE Dissertation Grant awarded.
Doctoral Dissertations Committees Served or Dissertations Examined
Laura Harrison (UC Santa Cruz; Sociology; entering class of 2012). Dissertation committee member.
Thomas Martyn Stanley Baudinette (Monash University, Japanese Studies, expected Dec 2015) – “The construction of desire: young gay men and media in Japan.” Chairs: Prof Carolyn Stevens and Dr Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou. External examiner.
Sarah LeBaron von Baeyer (Yale University, Sociocultural Anthropology 2015) – “National Worlds, Transnational Lives: Nikkei-Brazilian Migrants in and of Japan and Brazil.” Chair: William Kelly. Dissertation committee member.
Isaac Gagne (Yale Sociocultural Anthropology 2013) – “Private Religion and Public Morality: Understanding Cultural Secularism in Late Capitalist Japan.” Chair: William Kelly.
Ryan Sayre (Yale Sociocultural Anthropology 2012) – “Preparing for Preparedness: Security, Disaster and ‘Recursive Modernity’ in Contemporary Japan.” Chair: William Kelly.
Anne Watzka Aronsson (Yale Sociocultural Anthropology 2012) – “Career Women in Contemporary Japan: Pursuing Identities, Fashioning Lives.” Chair: William Kelly.
Ellen Rubinstein (Yale Sociocultural Anthropology 2012) – “Diagnosing Deviance: Schizophrenia and Social Withdrawal in Contemporary Japan.” Chair: William Kelly.
Nathaniel Smith (Yale Sociocultural Anthropology 2011) – “Right Wing Activism in Japan and the Politics of Futility.” Chair: William Kelly.
Elizabeth Busbee (Yale Sociocultural Anthropology 2008) – “Power Exchange: Interaction and Identity in a BDSM Community.” Chair: Harold Scheffler.
Post-Doctoral and Visiting Assistants in Research Students Supervised
Magdalena Szarota (University of Lancaster and Polish Academy of Sciences). Visiting Assistant in Research funded by Kosciuszko Foundation to do research on American disability movements. Jan 10 – May 31, 2015.
Mana Kawanishi (Doshisha University). Visiting Assistant in Research funded by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Student Exchange Support Program) Scholarship to do research on American gender and sexuality. Aug 15, 2012 – May 31, 2013.
American Anthropological Association (Life Member; Executive Board Member)
Society for East Asian Anthropology
Society for Medical Anthropology
Society for Linguistic Anthropology (Life Member)
Association for Queer Anthropology (Past Co-Chair)
Society for Visual Anthropology (Board Member)
Association for Asian Studies (member)
North East Asia Council (Chair)