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David Gerber, Professor Emeritus
office: 564 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8415


Director Emeritus

Center for Disability Studies




Education: Ph.D Princeton, 1971

Field(s): American History

Hub(s): Transnational Developments

Research Interests: American History writing in the mid-twentieth century; developmental disability

Current Research: Ethnic historians of the United States; the decline of the large institution model for the assistance of people with developmental disability.

Selected Publications:


American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Authors Of Their Own Lives:Personal Correspondence In The Lives Of Nineteenth Century British Immigrants To The United States (New York University Press, 2006)

The Making Of An American Pluralism: Buffalo, New York, 1825-1860 (University Of Illinois Press, 1989)

Black Ohio And The Color Line (University Of Illinois Press, 1976)


Edited Books:

Disabled Veterans In History (University Of Michigan Press, 2000; revised and expanded, 2012)

with Bruce Elliott and Suzanne Sinke, editor, Letters Across Borders: The Personal Correspondence of International Immigrants (Palgrave, 2006)

with Alan Kraut, editor, American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader (Palgrave, 2005)

with Alan Kraut, Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America's Immigration Story (2013)



University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor (2007)

Rita Lloyd Moroney Prize for the best book on the history of the United States Postal Service (2008)

Carleton Qualey Annual Essay Prize (2000)

Owen Augspurger Award For Contributions To Local History (1997)

SUNY Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (1991)

Herbert Gutman Prize for the best book in American Social History published by the University of Illinois Press (1990)

Affiliations And Other Notes:

Editorial Board, Journal Of American Ethnic History

Organization Of American Historians; American Historical Association; Immigration And Ethnic History Society; Society for Disability Studies.


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