Michael Rembis


Professor Mike Rembis.

Michael Rembis


Michael Rembis



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


  • PhD, History, University of Arizona, Tuscon, 2003
  • MS, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996
  • BA, History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Courses Regularly Taught

History of Eugenics
History of Madness
Disability History I and II
Introduction to Disability Studies

Research Interests

Rembis has authored or edited many books, articles, and book chapters, including: Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890-1960 (University of Illinois Press, 2011/2013); Disability Histories co-edited with Susan Burch (University of Illinois Press, 2014); The Oxford Handbook of Disability History co-edited with Catherine Kudlick and Kim Nielsen (Oxford University Press, 2018); Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); and Disability: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 2019). In 2012, Rembis and co-editor Kim Nielsen launched the Disability Histories book series with University of Illinois Press. His research interests include the history of institutionalization, mad people's history, and the history of eugenics. He is currently working on a book entitled, Writing Mad Lives - in the Age of the Asylum. Rembis is the lead editor and author on the New York City Department of Education Hidden Voices Project, Perspectives of Americans with Disabilities.

Selected Publications

Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890-1960 (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2011, 2013)

Disability Histories, co-edited with Susan Burch (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2014) 

The Oxford Handbook of Disability History, co-edited with Catherine Kudlick and Kim Neilsen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) 

Disabling Domesticity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) 

Fellowships and Grants

  • UB Civic Engagement Research Fellow