Ph.D., Princeton University (1971), American History (Major Field)
B.A., Northwestern University (1966), Phi Beta Kappa; High Honors
American History, Transnational Developments,
Social & Personal Identities; Immigration & Ethnicity;
Disability & Disabled Veterans of Military Conflict;
Current Research Project, with Bruce Dierenfield, Disability Rights and Religious Liberty in Education: The Story behind Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District,
to be included in Disability Histories Series,edited by Michael Rembis and Susan Burch,
University of Illinois Press, July 2020.
Learn more about the book.
Oxford University Press Handbook for Disability History (2017)
The History of the Family v.21 #3 (November, 2016), 291–314.
Disability Studies Quarterly (2017)
Reviews in American History, 44, #4 (December, 2016)
Annual Senior Scholar Award, Society for Disability Studies
University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor
Rita Moroney Annual Prize for Postal History, United States Postal Service, for Authors of Their Lives: The Personal Correspondence of Nineteenth Century British Immigrants to North America
Fulbright International Teaching Fellowship, Poland
Carleton Qualey Annual Essay Prize
Owen Augspurger Award For Contributions To Local History, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
SUNY Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award
Herbert Gutman Prize for the best book in American Social History, for The Making of an American Pluralism, Buffalo, New York, 1828-1860
National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for Independent Research
Fulbright International Research Fellowship, Australia
David A. Gerber taught American History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) from 1971 to his retirement in 2012. He was founding Director of the Center for Disability Studies at UB, and served in that capacity from 2009 through 2012. His interests in History have been grown over the course of years to encompass manifestations of personal and social identity in a wide variety of groups and individuals including during the course of his career: African Americans; American Jews; American Catholics; European immigrants, and people with disabilities. In that connection, his last major monograph developed analysis of the cycle of personal correspondence between immigrants and family and friends in the countries they left in Europe as a means for examining both long distance relationships and identities challenged by new circumstances of immigration and resettlement. Another major direction of his work as an historian has been analysis of the pluralistic structuring of American society to afford a variety of groups differential access to distribution of goods and power. His latest, collaborative research examines simultaneously both church-state jurisprudence and disability in connection with this understanding of pluralism.