David A. Gerber
Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (2005-2018)
University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor of History (emeritus)
Senior Fellow, Department of History, University at Buffalo
Director Emeritus, University of Buffalo Disability Studies Center
- B.A. - Northwestern University, with Honors in History, 1966
- Ph.D. - Princeton University, 1971
Employment & Professional Experience
- University at Buffalo (SUNY)
- Assistant Professor, (1971-1977)
- Associate Professor with tenure, (1977-1987)
- Promoted to Professor, (1987)
- Formally retired, (May 2012)
- Rehired/retired, (2012-2014)
- Flinders University of South Australia
- Visiting Research Professor - Fulbright Program, (Spring, 1980)
- Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
- Visiting Research Professor - Fulbright Program, (Fall, 2004)
- Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
- Visiting Professor - Organization of American Historians Exchange Program, (June, 2014)
Current Research Project
- With Bruce Dierenfield, Enabling Rights: A Social History of the Lawsuit that Became Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (1993), contract with University of Illinois Press,
to be published in the series Disability Histories in 2019.
- Co-editor, with Alan Kraut, American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave, St. Martin’s. 2005).
- Authors of Their Own Lives: The Personal Correspondence of Nineteenth Century British Immigrants to North America (New York: New York University Press, 2006; paperback, 2007).
Awarded, Moroney Prize for Postal History, United States Postal Service, 2008.
- Co-editor, with Bruce Elliot and Suzanne Sinke, Letters across Borders: The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave, St. Martin’s, 2006).
- American Immigration History: A Very Short Introduction (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2011.)
- Editor, Disabled Veterans in History (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000, revised and expanded edition, 2012).
- Co-Editor, with Alan Kraut, Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream, Shaping America’s Immigration Story (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2013).
Essays, Articles, Chapters, Entries, Book Reviews
- "E Pluribus Unum? E Pluribus Plures," Reviews in American History, 45 (September, 2017), 369–377. Review essay of the Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity and the Oxford History of Asian American History.
- "Stimulating Student Moral Engagement in the Service of Civic Education," Teaching History (scheduled for 2018).
- Acts of Deceiving and Withholding in Immigrant Personal Correspondence, Journal of Social History 39 (December, 2005), 8-23.
- ‘Yankey’s Now?’: Joseph and Rebecca Hartley’s Circuitous Path to American Identity: A Case Study in the Use of Immigrant Letters as Social Documentation, Journal of American Ethnic History, 28 (Spring,
- "Moving Backward and Moving On: Nostalgia, Significant Others, and Social Reintegration on Nineteenth Century British Immigrant Letters," The History of the Family, 21 (November 2016),
291–314, to be published in Migrant Letters: Emotional Language. Mobile Identities, and Writing Practices in Historical Perspective, Marcelo Borges and Sonia Cancian, eds. (Routledge, 2018).
- "The Contradictory Status of Disabled Veterans," Disability, in Contemporary World Issues series, Michael Rembis, ed. (ABC-Clio, 2018).
- "Are We Giving Students Something Worthwhile to Talk About?," AHA Perspectives (January, 2018).
- "Rest in Peace, Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant?: A Last Testament from the Eighteenth Century," Disability History Newsletter (Spring 2017), 16-24.
- "Disability Scholars as World Disrupters and World Makers," Disability Studies Quarterly 37, n.1 (Winter, 2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v37i1.5441.
- "Thomas Spencer Niblock: A Dialogue of Respectability and Failure," Przeglad Polonijy [Polish Review], 31 (Spring, 2006), 23-41. invited
- "Disability and Immigration," Journal of American Ethnic and Immigration History, 24 (June, 2005), 49-53. comment
- "Old Country/Alienation/Alien Nation," Tikkun, On-Line Exclusives (March, 2007), Tikkun Magazine.
- "Disabled Veterans: How Are They Different? What Difference Does It Make?," Disability History Newsletter, 3 (March, 2007), www.dha.osu.edu.
- "Documenting Society and Documenting the Ties that Bind in Immigrant Personal Correspondence," Immigration History Newsletter (May, 2008), 1-3.
- "What’s Wrong with Immigration History?," Reviews in American History, 36 (December, 2008), 543-556.
- "Disabled Veterans, the Government, and Group Identity," OAH Magazine of History (July, 2009), 25-27.
- "Immigration History at the Crossroad," Reviews in American History 39 (2013), 74-86. review essay
- "Arguing Judaism, Negotiating Jewish Identity," Journal of American Ethnic History (2011) review essay
- "The Uprooted Would Never Have Been Written if Oscar Handlin Had Taken His Own, Latter-Day Advice," Journal of American Ethnic History, 32 (Spring, 2013),
- "What Did Oscar Handlin Mean in the Opening Sentences of The Uprooted," Reviews in American History, 41 (March, 2013), 1-11.
- "Transnationalization and Internationalization in American Immigration Historiography," Reed Ueda, ed., Blackwell’s Companion to American Immigration History (New York and Oxford:
- "A Network of Two: Personal Friendship and Scottish Identification in the Correspondence of Mary Ann Archbald and Margaret Wodrow, 1807-1840," Angela McCarthy, ed., A Global Clan: Scottish Identity and Networks since the Eighteenth Century (Edinburgh: I.B. Taurus, 2006), 95-126.
- With Bruce Elliot and Suzanne Sinke, "Introduction," Angela McCarthy, ed., Letters Across Borders, (2006), 3-35.
- "Introduction," David Gerber and Allen Kraut, eds., Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America’s Immigration Story (2013), 1-16.
- "Disabled Veterans and the Wounds of War," Michael Rembis, Susan Burch, and Kim Nielsen, eds., Oxford Handbook of the History of Disability (2017).
- War and Disability, “Rev. Thomas Carroll,” “Harold Russell,” Gary L. Albrecht, et al., eds., Encyclopedia of Disability (Thousand Oaks and London: Sage, 2005).
- "Veterans," "Blinded Veterans Association," "The Best Years of Our Lives," Susan Burch, ed., Encyclopedia of American Disability History (New York: Facts on File, 2010).
- Enterprise and Society (2007)
- Peace and Change (2009)
- Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2010)
- Journal of Social History (2010)
Presentations, Invited and/or Refereed Papers
- "Immigrant Letter Writing as a Practice of Existential Accounting in the Correspondence of Kate Bond of Bunker Hill, Kansas," The Seminar on Urban and Ethnic History, Massachusetts Historical
Society, Boston, (2005).
- "A Transnational Negotiation of Identity: Personal and Ethnic Identity Constructions in the Correspondence of Mary Ann Archbald and Margaret Wodrow," The Past and Future of Immigration History
at the University of Minnesota: A Conference in Honor of Rudolph Vecoli, Minneapolis (2005).
- "Disabled Veterans History," Enabling the Past, New Perspectives in the History of Disability, University of Manchester, UK, (2005).
- "Disabled Veterans: Their Past and Future," Representing Disability, Haverford College, (2006).
- "Exploring the Depths and Surfaces of Immigrant Letters, or What Did Kate Bond Want to Say?," Rural History Group Colloquium, University of Guelph, Canada, (2007); The Uses of the Immigrant
Letter, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, (2007); Centre for Narrative and Autobiographical Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, (2010).
- "‘Yankeys Now,’ Joseph and Rebecca Hartley’s Circuitous Path to American Identity: A Case Study of Immigrant Letters as Social Documentation," American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking
New Questions Conference, Jagiellonian University, Poland, (2008).
- "The Life and Times of Maryann Woodrow Archbald," Humanities Institute, University at Buffalo, Humanities Festival (2014).
- "Still Sick: Immigrant Self Reporting on Personal Health," Center for the New America, History of Immigration and Public Health conference, University of Maryland, College Park, (2014);
History of Medicine Annual Meeting, New Haven (2015).
- "Accomplishments and Prospects for Disability Studies and Disability History," speech at Society for Disability Studies Annual Meeting on the occasion of being given the Senior Scholars Ward,
- "The Old Immigration History and the New," plenary session of senior historians’ remarks, Fiftieth Anniversary Conference, Immigration History Research Center, Minneapolis (2015).
Oral History Interviewing
- Twelve interviews with professional employees of the former New York State West Seneca Development Center, West Seneca, New York, on the deinstituionalization and trans-institionalization of people with developmental disabilities,
2012-2013. Available from the Center for Disability Studies, University at Buffalo, Michael Rembis, Director.
- Twenty‐five interviews for Enabling Rights, with Bruce Dierenfield. (2015– )
- Departmental Chair, (2006-2009).
- Committee Member, Dalai Lama Reception Planning Committee, (2005).
- Polish Studies Advisory Committee, (2005—2006).
- Faculty Advisory Committee, Cultures and Texts Advisory Committee, UB 2020, Planning Process, (2006-2009).
- Search Committee, for Director, Institute for Jewish Thought, History, and Culture, (2006).
- Faculty Advisory Committee, Institute for Jewish Thought, History, and Culture, (2006—2009).
- Director, University at Buffalo Center for Disability Studies, (2009—2012), Faculty Advisory Committee (2012–2014).
- Advisor to Presidential Scholarship, University at Buffalo, Undergraduate Honors Program, (2012– ).
- Board of Editors, Reviews in American History, (1998-2009).
- Board of Editors, Journal of American Ethnic History, (2004- ).
- Advisory Board, Disability and Industrial Society Project, Swansea University, Wales, UK, (2011– 2016).
Public History Activities
- Buffalo Jewish Archives Project. Advisory Committee (2005– ).
- Museum of disAbility History, Amherst, New York, Board of Directors (2010– ); Chair, Board of Directors (2017– ).
- Buffalo Jewish Federation, Buffalo Jewish Community History, Buffalo Jewish Community History Stirring Committee (2017– ).
- Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, Board of Trustees (2011–2016), Board of Advisors (2016– ).
- Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, History Advisory Committee (2013– ).
- "American President's Forum," Daemen College, Amherst, New York, conference organizing committee, October 1, 2016.
- History 162, United States History Survey, II, 100 students, c.40 lectures a semester, my section.
- History 416, American Immigration History, 25 students, seminar, my course.
- History 411, Church-State Separation Issues in American History, 25 students, seminar, my course.
- History 507, The Literature of American Immigration History, 20 students, graduate seminar, my course.
- Undergraduate College 101, Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court, 7 students, one-credit course, Spring 2014 & Fall 2017, my course.
- Undergraduate Honors College 214, Church and State in the United States, 27 students, one-credit course, Fall 2016, my course.
- In toto (1971-2015): 17 committee chairs; 26 committee memberships.
- Committee co-chair with Susan Cahn, Bela Thacker (2005).
- Committee chair, Ronald Kotlick (2006).
- Committee member, James Sturckler (2006).
- Committee chair, Danielle Battisi (2010).
- Committee member, John McLean (2010).
- Committee member, Mark Lempke (2012).
- Committee co-chair with Cynthia Wu, Kritika Agrawal (2015).
- Committee member, Violetta Ravagnoli (2015).
- Committee member, Betsy Loren Plumb (2017).