Karen Nakamura

Professor Nakamura is an influential author, filmmaker, and Chair of Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. 

Nominator: “She grapples practically and creatively, as a disabled academic and artist, with many intersections–disability and transgender; disability and race; disability in different national contexts; disability and deaf culture. She has created new perspectives on a range of disability issues (including psych disability in her amazing book and film on independent living and schizophrenia in Japan), her films on disability are subtle and inventive. She leads disability studies at UC Berkeley and she’s bringing a critical and inventive approach to prosthetics, technology, and disability maker culture.”

Website: https://haasinstitute.berkeley.edu/karen-nakamura 

A head and shoulders of a woman with a large face and short hair has her right hand raised. A small sun with fringes to her left warms everything in the surrounding area underneath.
Karen Nakamura by Deatra Colbert, color pencil, 20 x 16 inches, 2019

IMAGE: A head and shoulders of a woman with a large face and short hair has her right hand raised. A small sun with fringes to her left warms everything in the surrounding area underneath.  

Deatra Colbert from NIAD works across numerous media. Her drawings obsessively detail the goings-on of her favorite athlete/actors.