Associate Director


Sarah Handley-Cousins

Sarah Handley-Cousins is associate director of the Center for Disability Studies and clinical assistant professor of history at the University at Buffalo. Handley-Cousins is the author of Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North, published in the Uncivil Wars series by the University of Georgia in 2019. She is also the author of an article, "Wrestling at the Gates of Death: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Nonvisible Disability in the Civil War North," published in 2016 in the Journal of the Civil War Era, which was awared an Honorable Mention for the Disability History Association Best Journal Article of Book Chapter prize for 2017. Handley-Cousins has also written two book chapters. "Best Men, Broken Men: Gender, Disability, and War" appeared in Kara Dixon Vuic's Routledge Handbook on Gender, War, and U.S. Military in 2017, and "Speaking for Themselves: Disabled Veterans and Civil War Medical Photography," in Enduring War: New Perspectives on Civil War Veteranhood, edited by Brian Matthew Jordan is due out from Lousiana University Press in 2020. She is currently working on a project on the intersections between disability, criminality, and veteranhood in late nineteenth century America. 

In addition to teaching and scholarship, Handley-Cousins is also active in the world of digital public history. In 2015, she became an editor of the pathbreaking history blog, Nursing Clio, which publishes essays that deal broadly with issues of health, disability, and gender. Handley-Cousins wrote one of the site's most widely read pieces, on the phenomenon of "haunted asylums." In 2017, Handley-Cousins helped to found DIG: A History Podcast, which translates historical scholarship into a compelling audio format. She has also written pieces published in the New York Times and Washington Post. 


Sarah Handley-Cousins.

554 Park Hall

Phone: 716-645-8426

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

Fields: 19th century United States History; Civil War and Reconstruction; Social and Cultural History; Gender and Sexuality; History of Medicine, Disability and Science; History of Discipline