Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 3 (May 2018): Disabled Homemakers in Postwar America
Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca discusses her chapter, “The Largest Occupational Group of All the Disabled: Homemakers with Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation in Postwar America,” which was published in the collection Disabling Domesticity (2017) and won one of the Disability History Association’s publication awards.
Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Minor Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Christopher Newport University. Her research interests include U.S. women’s history, disability studies, and the history of science and technology. Laura’s recent book, Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), won the 2017 History of Science Society’s Margaret W. Rossiter Prize for best book on the history of women in science. She also won the 2017 Disability History Association’s Publication Award for Best Article/Book Chapter for her essay, “The Largest Occupational Group of All the Disabled: Homemakers with Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation in Postwar America” that appeared in Michael Rembis, ed. Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Building on this research, Laura is currently working on a new book-length project examining disability and domesticity in the post-World War II United States.