Kim E. Nielsen

Noted Speaker
Friday, June 9, 2017
Photo: Kim Nielsen

Dr. Kim E. Nielsen is a scholar of disability, gender, and history in the Disability Studies Program at the University of Toledo. In addition to numerous articles, her books include A Disability History of the United States (Beacon, Oct 2012); Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller (Beacon, 2009); Helen Keller: Selected Writings (NYUP, 2005);  and The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (NYUP, 2004).  She is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Disability History (Oxford University Press, 2018), and completing The Doctress and the Horsewhip: Insanity, Patriarchy, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century America.  She also co-edits Disability Histories, a book series at the University of Illinois Press. In 2010 the Organization of American Historians honored Nielsen by appointing her a Distinguished Lecturer. Other awards include the 2007 A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize of the Southern Association of Women Historians, a Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching, an NEH Summer Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholars Award.  Nielsen holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa.