Historian Steven E. Brown, PhD is a retired Professor and Disabilities Scholar, Center on Disability Studies (CDS), University of Hawaii; and Co-Founder of the Institute on Disability Culture. Brown has published many articles about disability rights and disability culture 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; Surprised to be Standing: A Spiritual Journey, and Ed Roberts: Wheelchair Genius, written for Middle Grade ages. He is also a co-editor of the anthology, Rethinking Disability: World Perspectives in Culture and Society (2016). He has presented on disability rights and culture throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada; Germany; Hungary; Korea (via remote video) Japan; Norway; Saipan; Sweden; Taiwan; and Thailand.
Brown created the UH/CDS online courses: “Disability History and Culture: From Homer to Hip Hop,” and “Disability Through the Ages.” Although he retired from teaching these courses, they continue to be taught by a successor.
After retiring from his full-time Professor position, he and his wife (and co-founder of the Institute on Disability Culture), Lillian Gonzales Brown, returned to the mainland, where Brown continues to write, advocate, and teach. He is currently working on a book about Disability Culture.