Michael Rembis


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

Contact Information

552 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8403



  • 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

Prof. 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); and Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 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, 'A Secret Worth Knowing': Living Mad Lives in the Shadow of the Asylum.

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