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James Trent

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James Trent

Visiting Scholar


Awards and Honors

  • Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award. Southern Illinois University (2001)
  • Hervey B. Wilbur Award, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (1995)


  • Brian, Kathleen and Trent, James W, , eds.. Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Masculinity and Disability. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. (forthcoming)
  • George, Ivy and Trent, James W.. "Death on a Silver Platter: Masculinity, Disabilities, and the Noxon Murder Trials of 1944." Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Masculinity and Disability. Ed. Brian, Kathleen and Trent, James W.. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017 (forthcoming)
  • Trent, James W'. "’Vulgar Appearing Little Bodies’: Samuel G. Howe and American Missionaries in Greece, 1827-1830." Journal of Unitarian-Universalist History 39. 2015-2016 (2016): 1-18.
  • Trent, James W.. Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Intellectual Disability in the United States. 2nd Revised ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Trent, James W.. "Disabilities: Intellectual and Developmental." Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology. 2015.
  • Trent, James W.. "Schooling for Public Life: Hope and Frustration of Education at the New England School for the Blind, 1832-1867." The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife. Deerfield, MA. June 2015.
  • Trent, James. "A Season in Hell’s Palace: My Journey to Randall Deihl’s Painting, ‘The Belchertown State School’." Kahn Institute Conference: “Excavating the Image: The Belchertown State School by Randall Deih. Smith College, Northampton, MA. 01/09/2014.
  • Trent, James W.. The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.
  • Trent, James W.. "Essay Review of What Is Mental Retardation? Ideas for an Evolving Disability in the 21st Century." Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 46. June (2008): 252-256.
  • Trent, James W.. "Intellectual Disabilities in the USA: From the Institution to the Community, 1948 – 2001." Community Care in Perspective: Care, Control and Citizenship. Ed. Jan Walmsley and John Welshman. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 109-121.
  • Noll, Steven and Trent, James W., eds. Mental Retardation in America: An Historical Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2004.
  • Trent, James W.. "’Who Shall Say Who Is a Useful Person?’ Abraham Myerson’s Opposition to the Eugenics Movement." History of Psychiatry 12. 1 (2001): 33-57.
  • Trent, James W.. "Defectives at the World’s Fair: Constructing Disability in 1904." Remedial and Special Education 19. July/August (1998): 200-211.
  • Trent, James W.. "Institutionalization and Deinstitutionalization in the United States: History and Historiography." University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 1996.
  • Trent, James W. "Defining Abnormality: Displays of "Defectives" at the 1904 Saint Louis World’s Fair.." Defining Normality, Linkoping University, Sweden. 1995.
  • Trent, James W.. "Suffering Fools: Can a Simple Redefinition Change Attitudes toward Mental Retardation?." The Sciences 35. July/August (1995): 18-22.
  • Trent, James W.. Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
  • Trent, James W.. "To Cut and Control: Constructing Justification to Sterilize Mentally Retarded People, 1892-1947." Journal of Historical Sociology 6. March (1993): 57-73.
  • Trent, James W.. "Associations for Retarded Citizens and Adult Residential Care: Is There Only One Effective Role?." Adult Residential Care Journal 3. Summer (1989): 79-92.
  • Trent, James W.. "A Decade of Declining Involvement: American Sociology in the Field of Child Development, the 1920s." Sociological Studies of Child Development. vol. 2 Ed. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler. JAI Press, 1987. 11-37.