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Erika Grimminger



Social Science

Courses taught:

Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World HIST-105
Curriculum and Methods in Secondary Social Studies SSCI-411
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. As and adjunct instructor at Binghamton University, Erika created and taught courses about U.S. disability history and 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.

Presentations and Publications

“Adapting to Graduate School: Starting Grad School with a Disability.” Clio and the Contemporary, online journal, April 8, 2022.

“The Empty Sleeve: Amputees and the Civil War.” blog entry accompanying PBS series Mercy Street, posted on WSKG Binghamton PBS website on February 27, 2016.

“English Aristocratic Women’s Take on Health: 1450-1630.” Concept, volume 35, Spring 2012, 62-80.