Institute renamed in remembrance of Professor Paul Longmore
Nov. 1, 2010 -- SF State's Institute on Disability will be renamed in remembrance of Professor of History Paul Longmore, who passed away Aug. 9.
Longmore was a leading scholar in disability history, and helped establish disability studies as an academic field, similar to the rise of women studies and ethnic studies in prior decades. He joined the faculty in 1992 and taught courses on early American history and the history of disabilities.
Driven by the belief that institutionalized discrimination is the greatest barrier to the social integration of people with disabilities, Longmore established the University's Institute on Disability to promote interdisciplinary research, teaching and community service focused on disability issues.
"Paul Longmore was transformational for this University, for the academic fields of history and disability studies, and for thousands of men and women whose lives he influenced," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "He devoted his life to making this a better and more just world, and will be sorely missed at San Francisco State University."
The institute will be renamed the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability. A faculty search is underway for a tenured professor of disability studies, who will also serve as the institute's director. There are also plans to create a public archive of Longmore's extensive research and writing.
-- Elaine Bible
Share this story: