Below is a list of recent (mostly) English-language books, articles, dissertations, and works in progress in Disability History. The list of books, articles, and dissertations is updated monthly by Penny L. Richards, editor of the H-Disability listserv, DHA Newsletter editor, and former DHA president. If you would like your scholarship to be added to our recent books list, please send the citation information and a brief description of how your work contributes to disability history as a field of study to Sandy Sufian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the DHA is delighted to introduce its new, fully searchable ZOTERO LIBRARY! Most of the book, article, and dissertation entries are in English and only date since 2001, but we are planning to expand the database to include earlier publications. Please help us keep it up to date by emailing relevant citation information to Sandy Sufian at email@example.com or by filling out this form.
Recent Books in Disability History (2016-present)
Abel, Emily. Living in Death’s Shadow: Family Experiences of Terminal Care and Irreplaceable Loss. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
Baynton, Douglas C. Defectives in the Land: Disability and Immigration in the Age of Eugenics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Coleborne, Catharine. Insanity, Identity, and Empire: Immigrants and Institutional Confinement in Australia and New Zealand, 1873-1910. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2016.
Doyle, Dennis A. Psychiatry and Racial Liberalism in Harlem, 1936–1968. University of Rochester Press 2016.
Ernst, Waltraud ed. Work, Psychiatry and Society, c. 1750-2015. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2016.
Goodey, C. F. Learning Disability and Inclusion Phobia: Past, Present, Future. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016.
Greenwald, Brian H., and Joseph J. Murray, eds. In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780–1970. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2016.
Jennings, Audra. Out of the Horrors of War: Disability Politics in World War II America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.
Mawdsley, Stephen E. Selling Science: Polio and the Promise of Gamma Globulin. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press 2016.
Metzler, Irina. Fools and Idiots?: Intellectual Disability in the Middle Ages. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2016.
Pestilli, Livio. Picturing the Lame in Italian Art from Antiquity to the Modern Era. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.
Weinert, Sebastian. 100 Jahre Fürst Donnersmarck-Stiftung, 1916–2016. Berlin: Selbstverlag, 2016.
Recent Articles in Disability History (2016-present)
Boylan, Alexis L. “Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Erotics of Illness,” American Art 30 (2) (Summer 2016): 14-31.
Damamme, Aurélie, Emmanuelle Fillion, and Myriam Finance. “At the Crossroads of Care and Disability: Historical Variations and International Perspectives,” ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research 10 (1) (January-March 2016): 1-9.
Doat, David. “Disability, Compassion, and Care: The Prehistoric and Controversial Grounds of a Long-Standing Issue,” ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research 10 (1) (January-March 2016): 10-23.
Goodley, Dan, Katherine Runswick-Cole, and Kirsty Liddiard. “The DisHuman Child,” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 37 (5) (October 2016): 770-784. Open access online here:
Klautke, Egbert. “‘The Germans are Beating Us at Our Own Game’: American Eugenics and the German Sterilization Law of 1933,” History of the Human Sciences 29 (3) (July 2016): 25-43.
Kogan, Nathaniel Smith. “Aberrations in the Body and in the Body Politic: The Eighteenth-Century Life of Benjamin Lay, Disabled Abolitionist,” Disability Studies Quarterly 36 (3) (Summer 2016):
Linker, Beth. “Spines of Steel: A Case of Surgical Enthusiasm in America,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90 (2) (2016): 222-249.
McDonald, Kate. “The Woman’s Body as Compensation for the Disabled First World War Soldier,” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 10 (1) (2016): [no pages, sorry].
Munch, Janet Butler. “At Home in the Bronx: Children at the New York Catholic Protectory,” Bronx County Historical Society Journal 52 (Spring/Fall 2015): 30-48.
O’Connell, Noel Patrick. “A Tale of Two Schools: Educating Catholic Female Deaf Children in Ireland, 1846-1946,” History of Education 45 (2) (March 2016): 188-205.
Pearl, Sharrona. “Victorian Blockbuster Bodies and the Freakish Pleasure of Looking,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 38 (2) (2016): 93-106.
Roper, Michael. “From the Shell-shocked Soldier to the Nervous Child: Psychoanalysis in the Aftermath of the First World War,” Psychoanalysis and History 18 (1) (January 2016): 39-69.
Spagnuolo, Natalie. “Defining Dependency, Constructing Curability: The Deportation of ‘Feebleminded’ Patients from the Toronto Asylum, 1920-1925,” Histoire sociale/Social History 48 (98) (2016): 125-154.
Taylor, Steven J. “Depraved, Deprived, Dangerous and Deviant: Depicting the Insane Child in England’s County Asylums, 1845-1907,” History 101 (347) (October 2016): 513-535.
Recent Dissertations in Disability History (2016-present)
Belolan, Nicole (PhD, University of Delaware 2017). “Navigating the World: The Material Culture of Physical Mobility Impairment in the Early American North, 1728-1861.”
Caldwell, Holly (PhD, University of Delaware, 2016). “Modernizing Deafness: Education, Public Health, and Social Reform in Mexico City, 1860-1940.”
Daen, Laurel Richardson (PhD, College of William and Mary 2016). “The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States.”
Phelps Coco, Adrienne (PhD, University of Illinois Chicago, 2015). “Five Lives of Mollie Fancher: Nineteenth Century Curiosity, Clairvoyant, Hysteric, Care Recipient, Invalid.”
Works In Progress
The DHA would like to acknowledge works in progress and encourage collaboration between scholars in the field of Disability History. Please email a DHA board member if you would like your work to be listed here and include a brief description of how your work contributes to disability history as a field of study.
Jannelle Legg (PhD candidate, George Mason University). Her dissertation is tentatively titled “‘With Eloquent Fingers He Preached:’ the Episcopal Mission to the Deaf” and will examine the emergence of deaf forms of religious expression between 1873 and 1943.
Celeste Tường Vy Sharpe (PhD candidate, George Mason University). Her born-digital dissertation project titled “They Need You! Disability, Visual Culture, and the Poster Child, 1945-1980” argues that the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis/March of Dimes and Muscular Dystrophy Association’s poster child campaigns increased the visibility and shifted perceptions of physical disability in new ways by depicting disabled American children within their families and communities as full, if physically limited, citizens of the nation. Moreover, these poster child campaigns crystallized around annual rituals of philanthropy-as-civic participation, which endured even as the poster child role as envisioned by these charities diminished.