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Michael Rembis

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Disability Studies
office: 552 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8403


Ph.D.  History – University of Arizona, Tucson (2003)
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1996)
B.A. History – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1994).

Courses Regularly Taught

History of Eugenics; History of Madness ; Disability History I and II; and Introduction to Disability Studies


US, Intellectual History, Medicine/Disability/Science, Social/Cultural History,

 Research Interestsrembisbook

19thc. and 20th c. US, history of disability, history of eugenics, history of madness

Fellowships and Grants

  • UB Civic Engagement Research Fellow

Rembis is the Director of the Center for Disability Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of History. He has authored or edited many books, articles, and book chapters, including: Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890-1960 (University of Illinois Press, 2011/2013); Disability Histories co-edited with Susan Burch (University of Illinois Press, 2014); [The Oxford] Handbook of Disability History co-edited with Catherine Kudlick and Kim Nielsen (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); and Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). In 2012, Rembis and co-editor Kim Nielsen launched the Disability Histories book series with University of Illinois Press. His research interests include the history of institutionalization, mad people’s history, and the history of eugenics. He is currently working on a book entitled, ‘A Secret Worth Knowing’: Living Mad Lives in the Shadow of the Asylum.

Visit the Center for Disability Studies website.