Dr. Nakamura, a cultural and visual anthropologist, is Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies at Yale University. Although her parents are Japanese, she was born and spent her formative years outside of Japan. She describes her blood as Japanese, her heart as American, and her body as Australian. As an anthropologist, her specialty is minority groups in Japan, especially those with disabilities. Japanese law defines three types of disabilities: physical (for instance, deafness or blindness or mobility difficulties), intellectual (developmental or learning disabilities), and psychiatric (mental and psychiatric disorders, including epilepsy and dementia). In A Disability of the Soul, Dr. Nakamura examines the possibility of remodeling society to better accommodate people with psychiatric disorders.