Sarah Handley-Cousins


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

Contact Information

554 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: 716-645-8426


  • 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 242: US Disability History
HIS 301: Historical Writing

Selected Publications


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


 “‘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

"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) 

"Disability in Civil War Medical Photography," in Brian Jordan, ed., The Unfinished Work: New Perspectives on Civil War Veteranhood (forthcoming, Louisiana State University Press) 

Selected Digital Publications

Digital Projects

Founder & Producer, DIG: A History Podcast 

Editor, Nursing Clio

Awards and Fellowships

  • 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