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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

Michael Rembis is the Director of the Center for Disability Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of History. His work, which has appeared in many journals and edited collections, has won several awards, including the 2008 Irving K. Zola Award, awarded annually by the Society for Disability Studies to emerging scholars. His first book, Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890-1960, is available from University of Illinois Press. His recent projects include, Disability Histories (University of Illinois Press, 2014), an edited collection of new and original historical essays co-edited with Susan Burch, [The Oxford] Handbook of Disability History, which he is currently co-editing with Kim Nielsen and Catherine Kudlick, and a third edited collection of new and original essays, Disabling Domesticity, forthcoming from Palgrave McMillan. 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. His second single-authored book is currently titled, ‘A Secret Worth Knowing’: Living Mad Lives in the Shadow of the Asylum.

Visit the Center for Disability Studies website.