James Trent

James Trent is Visiting Scholar at the Heller School at Brandeis University.  Previously he was a Professor at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. and at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  His writings include Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Intellectual Disability in the United States (2016) and The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth Century American Reform (2012). With Steven Noll, he edited Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader (2004). He is also the author of Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States (1994) that won the 1995 Hervey B. Wilbur Award of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He is currently preparing and editing with Kathleen Brian a collection of essays on the topic of masculinity and disability.