Historian. Writer. Teacher.

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Sarah Handley-Cousins, PhD is a historian, writer, and podcaster located in Buffalo, New York. Her first book, Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North, was released by UGA Press in July 2019. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of History and Associate Director of the Center for Disability Studies at the University at Buffalo. She is also an editor for the history blog Nursing Clio and producer for Dig: A History Podcast.



Sarah’s writing has appeared in numerous outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post, and her expertise has been called upon for various articles.

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Whether speaking to an audience at a historical society or a lecture hall full of students, Sarah gives engaging talks. Past topics have included Civil War disability and digital public history.

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Sarah teaches courses on the history of medicine, disability, and the US military.

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Bodies in Blue

Sarah’s first book, Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North, explores the difficult gendered terrain disabled Union soldiers traversed during and after the American Civil War.


Praise for Bodies in Blue

When we think of Civil War disabilities, our thoughts commonly turn to legions of brave amputees, navigating life with the highly visible marker of their wartime sacrifice. In this deeply researched and theoretically sophisticated book, Sarah Handley-Cousins tells a much more complex story of the illnesses and injuries that Civil War soldiers and veterans endured. . . . This is a story about how individuals and institutions battled over how bodies should be defined and categorized and treated by the state. This is a very important book.

—J. Matthew Gallman, author of The North Fights the Civil War

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Dig: A History Podcast

First launched in 2017, Dig is a feminist history podcast committed to bringing history scholarship to the public, producing episodes with equal parts wit and rigor.