The History of Disability

Including single-authored titles, primary source collections, and readers, The History of Disability series addresses the full range of topics in disability history: policies and laws, political movements and organizations, medical treatment and views, education, institutions and agencies, philanthropy, labor, eugenics, cultural representations, disability cultures, and more.

Books in the series trace the intersections of disability with gender, race, ethnicity, and class, bringing to light the underlying common themes that bridge the apparent divisions among physical, sensory, and mental disability. Informed by the social constructionist insights and interdisciplinarity of cultural studies, but firmly grounded in empirical research, the series facilitates development of both the theory and the methodology of disability history.


Paul K. Longmore, San Francisco State University
Lauri Umansky, Suffolk University


Submissions should take the form of a 3-5 page proposal outlining the intent and scope of the project, its merits in comparison to existing texts, and the audience it is designed to reach. You should also include a detailed Table of Contents, 2-3 sample chapters, and a current copy of your curriculum vitae. Please refer to NYU Press’ submission guidelines.

Please contact Eric Zinner, Editor-in-Chief at NYU Press, if you are interested in submitting a proposal.