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Elizabeth Maher

Graduate Student


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Elizabeth Maher is a fourth year PhD student in U.S. history at UIC. She is interested in studying the relationship between disability, race, gender and class in U.S. history.

Notable Honors

2020, Provost’s Graduate Internship Award, University of Illinois at Chicago


B.A. from Ohio State University, 2017

Professional Memberships

Society for Disability Studies

Selected Presentations

“Autism a ‘Modern’ Disorder: Bruno Bettelheim, Psychoanalysis and the Medicalization of “Mass-Society” in the Mid Twentieth Century United States,” University of Chicago Disability Studies Working Group, Chicago, Il, April 22, 2020.

“Wolf Girls and Mechanical Boys: Why Race and Gender Matter in Autism History,” Society for Disability Studies Conference, Columbus, OH, April 5, 2020.

“From Sexual Psychopaths to Psychiatric Survivors: Lesbian Responses to the Pathologizing of Homosexuality in the United States,” Chicago Disability Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, April 21, 2018.

Research Currently in Progress

I am currently working on a raced and gendered history of autism in the United States from 1943 to 1980.

Advisor: Jennifer Brier

Research Interests: 20th century U.S. disability history, the role of race in constructions of disability and vice versa, U.S. women’s and gender history, history of psychiatry, history of science.