Disability Studies

Karen Nakamura


Karen Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research focuses on disability, sexuality, and minority social movements in contemporary Japan. Her first book, Deaf in Japan, was on sign language, identity, and deaf social movements. She recently finished a second book on schizophrenia and mental illness in Japan entitled, A Disability of the Soul. For the past year, she has been working on a project exploring the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality.

Frederick C. Collignon


Professor Collignon is principally noted for his professionally focused research and planning activities. He organized the firm Berkeley Planning Associates with several other Berkeley faculty in 1972, and served as the CEO for twenty-four years. The firm became one of the largest planning firms in the U.S. doing work in more than twenty states a year. Most of Professor Collignon's research publications are listed with "Berkeley Planning Associates" as the author. He sold the firm in 1995 to his staff as an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP).

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