Sarah Handley-Cousins


Prof. Sarah Handley-Cousins.

Sarah Handley-Cousins


Sarah Handley-Cousins



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


  • PhD, University at Buffalo, 2016
  • MSEd, Niagara University, 2010
  • MA, University at Buffalo, 2009
  • BA, Wells College, 2007

Courses Regularly Taught

HIS 144: Health, Medicine and Society

HIS 209: Civil War and Reconstruction

HIS 272: Bodies at War 

HIS 301: Historical Writing

HIS 357: US Disability History 

HIS 387: Reacting to the Past 

HIS 406: War and American Memory 

HIS 412: Topics in Women's History

HIS 531: Civil War and Reconstruction 

Selected Publications


Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North, University of Georgia Press, 2019

Spiritualism's Place: Reformers, Seekers, and Seances in Lily Dale, New York, co-authored with Averill Earls, Elizabeth Garner Masarik, and Marissa Rhodes, Three Hills Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, October 2024 

The Nursing Clio Reader, co-edited with the Nursing Clio Editorial Collective, forthcoming from Rutgers University Press 

The Routledge History of Disability in America, co-edited with Laurel Daen, forthcoming from Routledge 


“Disability in the Civil War Era: A Roundtable,” The Journal of the Civil War Era, June 2024.

“Love is a Battlefield: Civil War Memory in Modern Romance Novels,” in They are Dead, and Yet They Live: Civil War Memories in a Polarized America, John Kinder and Jennifer Murray, eds., forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press.  

“Silence and Stigma: How Archival Restrictions Threaten Histories of Mental Illness,” in Cripping the Archive: Disability, Power, and History, Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy and Jen Barclay, eds., forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press

 "Speaking for Themselves: Disability in Civil War Medical Photography," in Brian Jordan and Evan Rothera, eds., The War Went On: New Perspectives on Civil War Veteranhood (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020) 

"Best Men, Broken Men: Gender, Disability and American Veterans," in Kara Dixon Vuic, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military (New York: Taylor & Francis, 2017) 

“‘Wrestling at the Gates of Death:’ Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Nonvisible Disability in the Post Civil War North,” The Journal of the Civil War Era, June 2016

Selected Digital Publications

Digital Projects

Founder & Producer, DIG: A History Podcast 

Executive Editor, Nursing Clio

Awards and Fellowships

  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2021
  • Outstanding Book Award for Bodies in Blue, Disability History Association, 2020
  • Honorable Mention, Best Article/Book Chapter Prize, Disability History Association, 2017
  • AASLH Good History Award for DIG: A History Podcast, 2017
  • New York Humanities Public Humanities Fellow, 2015-2016