University of Cincinnati
Ivan and Nina Ross Family Fellowship

Research Topic

It Takes a Village: Jewish Refugees from Nazi Austria and a New Approach to Disability in the English-Speaking World


Katherine Sorrels is associate professor of history, affiliated faculty in Judaic studies, and co-chair of the Taft Medical Humanities Research Group, all at the University of Cincinnati. Her research concerns nationalism, internationalism, and health in modern Central European Jewish history. While at the Katz Center, she will focus on Austrian Jewish refugee doctors who pioneered new approaches to intellectual and developmental disabilities in the UK and US during and after the Second World War.

Sorrels received her PhD in history from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught courses on modern Germany, immigration studies, and Holocaust studies, including Nazi medicine and scientific racism.

Selected publications

  • Cosmopolitan Outsiders: Imperial Inclusion, National Exclusion, and the Pan-European Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life.