Book by Akemi Nishida analyzes social justice and injustice in health care as experienced by people with disabilities and their caregivers
Monday, June 5, 2023
A new book by Akemi Nishida, DHD assistant professor, analyzes social justice and injustice in health care as experienced by people with disabilities and their caregivers.
“Just Care: Messy Entanglements of Disability, Dependency, and Desire,” was published last summer by Temple University Press.
“My book analyzes the challenges people negotiate whether they are situated as caregivers, receivers, or both,” Nishida explained in an online interview with the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies, where she earned a Ph.D. in critical social-personality psychology.
Nishida, also a UIC assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, combines disability studies, critical race theory and feminism in her research, education and activism.
She is a member of Advance Your Leadership Power, a community organizing group of Access Living, and a consultant to the Transgender Law Center’s Disability Project.
She was named to the 2020 Hall of Fame of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition.
At UIC, Nishida is a member of the Chancellor’s Committee for Status of Persons with Disabilities and an Asian American Resource and Cultural Center ambassador.