About the Institute

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability continues its founder's legacy by working at the intersection of scholarship and advocacy to celebrate people with disabilities as innovative forces for social change.



“Prejudice is a far greater problem than any impairment; discrimination is a bigger obstacle to overcome than any disability.” — Paul K. Longmore


Paul Longmore, a historian of disability, activist, and polio survivor, started the Institute on Disability in 1996. When he passed away in August 2010, Longmore left a legacy that the Institute seeks to honor and expand. SF State created an endowment for the Institute and, in 2012, hired Professor Catherine Kudlick as Director and Emily Beitiks, PhD, to serve as the Associate Director.

The Institute's current projects and events challenge prevailing notions and stereotypes of disability by showcasing disabled people's strength, ingenuity, and originality. Our public education and cultural events connect the Bay Area’s vibrant disability communities and the general public with faculty and students at SF State to fight disability stigma with disability culture.

The Institute is a research service organization, which provides a supportive infrastructure for activities complementary to the social justice mission of the University, and resides in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. In addition to our Director and Associate Director, the Institute has two part-time student assistants, and a seven person advisory council.

  • Read more about our founder, Paul K. Longmore, here.
  • Learn more about the Longmore Institute's accomplishments and projects in our past annual reports: Academic Year 2012,  201320142015, and 2016.

Contact us

Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

Location: Humanities Building, Room 135

Phone: 415-405-3528, E-mail: p k l i n s t@sfsu.edu

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Summer 2016 Drop-In Hours: Monday 2pm - 4pm or by appointment

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