Medicine, Disability and Science

Historical anatomical figures

Historical anatomical figures from Claude Bernard, Précis iconographique de médecine opératoire et d'anatomie chirurgicale / Wellcome Library

These interconnected fields examine the historical production of scientific and medical knowledge and its application and transformation in diverse social practices around the globe. This group of scholars focuses not just on the social and cultural meanings of medicine and science, but also the lived experiences of historical actors - especially those at the margins of society. This field is interdisciplinary by nature, fostering fruitful conversations between science studies, disability studies and the study of gender and sexuality. 

Sub-fields

History of Gender and Sexuality

The study of gender and sexuality is embedded within all areas of historical inquiry. Our faculty explore the myriad ways that ideas about of manhood and womanhood and sexual relationships and identities have shaped, and been shaped by, societies.

Faculty

Rosie the Riveter

Alfred Palmer, "Rosie the Riveter"
Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

History of Science

The history of science explores the ways that people have worked to make sense of the world around them. This field considers everything from the relationship between humans and the natural world and to the rise of scientific reason to issues of bioethics, and serves as the foundation for other fields, such as the history of medicine, disability, and the environment.

Faculty

Humboldt and Bonplant in the Jungle

Humboldt and Bonplant in the Jungle
Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

History of Medicine

The history of medicine traces not only the development of therapies and practices, but also the ways in which people and societies have attempted to make sense of health and illness. Our department has long had a strength in the history of medicine, helping to shape the contours of this ever-changing field.

Faculty

Thomas Eakins, The Agnew Clinic, 1889

Thomas Eakins, The Agnew Clinic, 1889
Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

History of Disability

The Department of History is at the forefront of the burgeoning field of disability history. This field explores the history of how societies and cultures have understood disability as well as the lived experiences of disabled people.

Faculty

Patients at a sanitorium in Indiana, 1926

Patients at a sanitorium in Indiana, 1926
Wellcome Collection

History of Drugs and Alcohol

The history of drugs and alcohol is more than tracing the development or consumption of mind-altering substances, but the story of how society and culture has shaped, and been shaped by, the use, misuse, and control of such substances.

Faculty

People's Drug Store located at 8th and H Streets, NE in Washington, D.C.

People's Drug Store located at 8th and H Streets, NE in Washington, D.C.
Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

Faculty

James J. Bono

575 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8423

hischaos@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Early Modern European History; Gender and Sexuality; Intellectual History; Medicine, Disability and Science; Transnational History

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575 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8423

hischaos@buffalo.edu

Susan K. Cahn

567 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8418

cahn@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: 20th century United States History; Gender and Sexuality; Medicine, Disability and Science; Social and Cultural History; LGBTQ History

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567 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8418

cahn@buffalo.edu

Andreas Daum

567 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8421

adaum@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Modern European History; History of Germany; The Atlantic World; Intellectual History; Medicine, Disability and Science; Transnational History

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567 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8421

adaum@buffalo.edu

David Herzberg

565 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8416

herzberg@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: 20th century United States History; Gender and Sexuality; Medicine, Disability and Science; Social and Cultural History

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565 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8416

herzberg@buffalo.edu

Yan Liu

553 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8404

yliu253@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Asian History; Chinese History; History of Religion; History of Medicine, Disability and Science; Transnational History

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553 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8404

yliu253@buffalo.edu

Michael Rembis

552 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8403

marembis@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Director
Center for Disability Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: 19th century United States History; 20th century United States History; Intellectual History; History of Medicine, Disability and Science; Social and Cultural History; History of Discipline

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552 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8403

marembis@buffalo.edu

Tamara Plakins Thornton

568 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8419

thornton@buffalo.edu

Professor
Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: 19th century United States History; Early American History; Social and Cultural History; Intellectual History; History of Medicine, Disability and Science

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568 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8419

thornton@buffalo.edu

Liana Vardi

582 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8427

vardi@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Editor
Fiction and Film for French Historians

Fields: Early Modern Europe; History of France; Intellectual History; History of Medicine, Disability and Science; Social and Cultural History; Urban History

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582 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8427

vardi@buffalo.edu