Miami Presents: Teaching Disability History to Miami Undergraduates and Why it's Important

Presented on: Wednesday, October 27th at 12:00 PM EDT

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The history of disabilities is a new and exciting area of research that addresses both the long history of the oppression of people with disabilities and the more recent history of disability activism and agency.  Please join Professor Kate Rousmaniere (“Dr. Kate” to her students!) and Educational Leadership doctoral student, Jaimie Biermann, for a discussion about disability history, and the emerging research in disability history and access in higher education.  The discussion will center on the question of what disability history is; why it is a powerful subject for undergraduates, and how the online delivery of the class furthers student learning.

This event is being offered as part of Disability Identity & Culture Month at Miami.

Kate Rousmaniere is a professor of the history of education in the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) in the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University.   A faculty member at Miami since 1992, Dr. Kate has served as Department Chair, and in 2016 was awarded the Miami University Benjamin Harrison Medallion for extraordinary and sustained contributions related to teaching, research, and service over the course of a faculty member’s career at the University.  Her research centers on the history and politics of American educators, particularly the history of teachers, teacher activists, and school administrators. 

Jaimie Biermann is a second-year student in the Educational Leadership Ph.D. program at Miami University. Before starting the program, Jaimie worked in different residence life roles at multiple institutions. Jaimie's current research focus is on disability and access in Higher Education.

This virtual event is free, but registration is required. Please reach out to Mollie Young with any questions at