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Sarah Handley-Cousins

Department of History

“Symposium and Exhibit on Disabled Veterans in American History”

Sarah Handley-Cousins is a doctoral candidate in American History at the University at Buffalo. Sarah’s work focuses on the Civil War era, veterans, disability, medicine, and gender. Her dissertation work explores the experiences of disabled Union veterans after the American Civil War. Sarah has written about Civil War veterans forThe New York Times Disunion series, and serves as an editor and writer for the history blog Nursing Clio. Sarah, a native of Northern New York, holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Wells College and a master’s degree in Social Studies Education from Niagara University. Her plan for the Fellowship is to create a symposium and exhibit on the experiences of disabled veterans throughout U.S. history.


Jesse Miller

Department of English

“Reading for Better Health(Care):  A Bibliotherapy Workshop and Educational E-pamphlet”

Jesse Miller is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where he studies literary modernism and the history of science and medicine. His dissertation examines the aesthetic, ethical, and biopolitical implications of the practice of bibliotherapy, in which reading is used to produce or maintain states of mental health, and locates its origins in middlebrow and modernist culture of the U.S. inter-war period. He is also reviews editor for the online literature and cultural magazine Full Stop ( Jesse’s Fellowship project will be to partner with medical institutions around Buffalo to hold bibliotherapy workshops for patients.

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