Steven Brown, PhD

Hawaii Center on Disability Studies UCEDD Program
11760 San Pablo Ave..
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Phone: 808-291-8858
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: February 17, 2017

Steven Brown

Leadership Administrative Staff: Retired
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Disability Culture
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Community Advocacy
Research: Disability Studies, Disability Culture, Mentoring
Education: Ph.D. in History University of Oklahoma


STEVEN E. BROWN, Ph.D., Historian, Co-Founder, Institute on Disability Culture and retired Professor of Disability Studies, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii (currently Affiliate Faculty). He also served as a 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for the Association of University Centers on Excellence in Disabilities (AUCD) Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit Initiative. 


Brown has published many articles about disability rights and is a national and international speaker. His books include Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame to Disability Pride (2003); Surprised to be Standing: A Spiritual Journey (2011); and Ed Roberts: Wheelchair Genius (2015), a Middle Grade biography of the late 20th century disability rights pioneer. He is also a co-editor of the anthology, Rethinking Disability: World Perspectives in Culture and Society (2016).


Brown relocated to the California Bay Area in summer 2014, after retiring from CDS. He he continues to write, advocate, speak, and teach (including via the University of Hawaii, an online course he created, which he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels--and as far as he knows--is unique, called, “Disability History and Culture: From Homer to Hip Hop.”


Brown’s work remains driven by the Institute on Disability Culture mission/vision: “Promoting pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with disabilities throughout the world.”


Brown blogs at and is on Twitter @disculture.