Based part of the year in Paris and Oxford, Gary Albrecht, specializes in health and disability issues and social welfare policy. He was educated at Fordham, Columbia and Emory Universities, and has previously served on the faculties of Emory and Northwestern Universities. Currently Albrecht is a Professor of Public Health and of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and from there he has led scientific delegations in rehabilitation medicine to the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China. His research covers disability and health policy issues in France, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Iran, Yugoslavia, Kenya and the United States. He is currently serving on an international team evaluating all disability research in Sweden for the Swedish Council for Social Research. As a Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow, Albrecht is also studying disability in the Third World.
Albrecht has published over 120 articles and sixteen books, most recently the international Handbook of Social Studies In Health and Medicine (Sage, 2000). His forthcoming book, The Handbook of Disability Studies was just launched at a two-day conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for disability scholars and policy makers from around the world.