Sandra Sufian

Sandy Sufian

Professor, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 980 DHSP

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By appointment


Sandy Sufian is an associate professor of health humanities and history in the Department of Medical Education at UIC School of Medicine and associate professor of disability studies in the UIC Department of Disability and Human Development. Sufian received her doctorate from New York University in Middle East History and her Masters of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Oregon Health Sciences University.

Dr. Sufian specializes in the history of medicine and disability. She has published two books: Healing the Land and the Nation: Malaria and the Zionist project in Mandatory Palestine, 1920-1947 (U Chicago Press, 2007) and Reapproaching the Border: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel/Palestine (Rowman Littlefield, 2007). Sufian is currently working on a book project about the history of disability and adoption in America in the twentieth century.

She teaches courses on the history of disability and the modern history of medicine and public health to medical students, PhD students and undergraduate students.

Service to the Community

Sandy co-organizes the Health and Society working group of the Institute for the Humanities and is the founder of the Global Network of Researchers on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa.

Leadership in the Profession

Global Network of Researchers on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa, Founder

Disability History Association, Board member

American Historical Association Disability Task Force, Chair


PhD, New York University
MPH, Oregon Health Sciences University
BA, Emory University