David Gerber


David Gerber.

David Gerber


David Gerber



American History, Transnational Developments


  • PhD, Princeton University, 1971

Research Interests

American History writing in the mid-twentieth century; developmental disability

Current Research
Current Book Project: with Bruce Dierenfield, Enabling Rights: A Social History of Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (to be published by the University of Illinois Press)

Affiliations and Other Notes

  • National History Advisory Committee, Statue of Liberty Museum Project, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation;
  • Board of Trustees, Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center
  • Board of Directors, Museum of disAbility History, Amherst, New York
  • Board of Advisers, Buffalo Jewish Archives Project.
  • Editorial Board, Journal Of American Ethnic History
  • Organization Of American Historians; American Historical Association; Immigration And Ethnic History Society; Society for Disability Studies.

Selected Publications

Current Essays

  • “Disabled Veterans and the Wounds of War,” forthcoming, Oxford University Press Handbook for Disability History (2016) , Michael Rembis, et al., editors;
  • “Moving Backward ad Moving On: Nostalgia, Significant Others, and Social Reintegration in Nineteenth Century British Immigrant Personal Correspondence,” forthcoming, Journal of the History of the Family (2016)
  • “Measuring Student Engagement: Teaching about the Use of the Atomic Bomb,”  under review; and (4) “Still Sick: Health Consciousness among Nineteenth Century European Immigrants to North America,” in draft.


Edited Books

  • with Alan Kraut, Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America’s Immigration Story (2013)
  • Disabled Veterans In History (University Of Michigan Press, 2000; revised and expanded, 2012)
  • with Bruce Elliott and Suzanne Sinke, editor, Letters Across Borders: The Personal Correspondence of International Immigrants (Palgrave, 2006)
  • with Alan Kraut, editor, American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader (Palgrave, 2005)

Honors and Awards

  • Annual Senior Scholar Award,  Society for Disabiity Studies (2015)
  • University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor (2007)
  • Rita Lloyd Moroney Prize for the best book on the history of the United States Postal Service (2008)
  • Carleton Qualey Annual Essay Prize (2000)
  • Owen Augspurger Award For Contributions To Local History (1997)
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (1991)
  • Herbert Gutman Prize for the best book in American Social History published by the University of Illinois Press (1990)