Exploring historical issues with contemporary relevance and ideas about teaching, academia, and alt-ac.
Author: Erika M. Grimminger
Erika M. Grimminger is a scholar of medical history and is a PhD candidate for the History of Medicine, Science, and Technology at Binghamton University (SUNY). Her dissertation “Crossing the Boundaries of Disability During the Civil War” studies the Union Army’s Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) as a way to understand how the boundaries of (dis)ability were bent and solidified in the years surrounding the American Civil War. Erika earned her BA in Social Studies/Secondary Education from Juniata College and her MA in History from Villanova University. Currently, she serves as an adjunct lecturer for Marywood University, teaching courses that cover U.S. history, ethnicity and diversity, and social studies teaching methodology. At Binghamton University, Erika created and taught a course about U.S. disability history, and, in the near future, plans to teach a course on eugenics in the U.S. She has also worked as a graduate assistant for the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections and was an intern at the Pennsylvania Hospital Archives and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Mütter Museum. Her research interests include disability history, premodern European medicine, the social history of science and technology, public health, the American Civil War, and medicine during periods of war.
Entering graduate school can be daunting for any new student, especially for those who have a disability. However, with self-advocacy and some strategizing, graduate students with disabilities can succeed.