Frank Mondelli is a historian of Japanese and transnational media, disability, and technology. He is currently a PhD Candidate at Stanford University, where he is completing his dissertation on the historical intersection of Deafness, music, and assistive technology in the 20th century. He holds an MA degree from Stanford and a BA from Swarthmore College. His research has been supported by several grants and awards, such as the Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant and the Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship Program.
Outside of research, Frank advocates for Deaf and disability access in a variety of contexts. He has worked for disability rights at Stanford in a variety of positions, such as ASSU Executive Disability Advocacy Co-Director and Executive Director of the Abilities Hub, Stanford’s disability community space. He is also a consultant on assistive technology startups in the Bay Area.
With his project FM Unit, Frank is also involved in Deaf advocacy through musical production.