Catherine Kudlick

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Catherine J. Kudlick is a professor of history and director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. She is also an affiliated professor in the Laboratoire ICT Université Paris VII. [1]


From 2005 to 2009 she served as president of the Disability History Association and on the board of directors for both the Society for Disability Studies and the Western Society for French History. While on the board of SDS, she oversaw the creation of Guidelines for Disability Studies. [2] In 2010, along with Professor Susan Schweik, she headed an initiative that brought together scholars to explore the future of disability studies. [3]

She has spearheaded a number of initiatives related to electronic accessibility in higher education and her scholarship explores history of medicine, history of epidemics, and the relationship between disability history and history of medicine primarily in eighteenth and nineteen-century France. The field has been shaped by her essays: "Disability History: Why We Need Another Other" in the American Historical Review and "Comment: At the Borderland of Medical and Disability History" Bulletin of the History of Medicine" in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (originally titled "Disability History and History of Medicine: Rival Siblings or Conjoined Twins?")

She has also published personal thought-pieces '"Black Bike, White Cane: Timely Confessions of a Special Self", [4] and "The Blind Man's Harley: White Canes and Gender Identity in Modern America", [5] that was a Notable Essay in 2005's Best American Essays [6] Her books include Reflections: the Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post Revolutionary France with Dr. Zina Weygand and Cholera in Post-Revolutionary Paris: A Cultural History. [7] After the death of Paul K. Longmore in 2010, she oversaw completion and publication of his book Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity. [8]


Kudlick earned her BA from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1980 and her PhD from University of California, Berkeley, in 1988. She was professor of history at University of California Davis from 1989 to 2012 and was a visiting professor Conservatoire national des arts et métiers in Paris She was named director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in 2012, where she led the exhibit "Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights" and co-leads with Bryan Bashin of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco's Superfest International Disability Film Festival.

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