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BA, Wesleyan University 1993
MA, University Of
PhD, University Of
Courses Regularly Taught:
Post-45 U.S. History
Alcohol & Other Drugs in American History
Health and Illness in American History
Field(s): U.S. History; Cultural History; Gender History; History of Health & Illness
& Society, Knowledge
Medicines & Drugs; Popular Culture
Current Research :
History of prescription drug abuse; 20th century pharmaceuticals and the consumer culture.
Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
“Busted for Blockbusters: ‘Scrip Mills’ and Prescribing Power in the 1970s,” in Jeremy
Greene and Elizabeth Segal Watkins, eds., The Prescription in Perspective: Therapeutic
Authority in Late 20th Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming)
“Blockbusters and Controlled Substances: Miltown, Quaalude, and Consumer Demand for
Drugs in Postwar America,” Cambridge Studies in the History and Philosophy of the
Biological Sciences, forthcoming
(with Jeremy Greene) “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Popular Promotion of Prescription Drugs
in the 20th Century,” American Journal of Public Health (May 2010): 793-803 -- Winner of the Paper of the Year Award from the American Journal of Public Health, the official organ of the American Public Health Association.
“Tranquilizing the Caveman: Miltown and Manhood in the Cold War Era” in Angela Laflen
and Marcelline Block, eds., Gender Scripts in Medicine and Narrative (Newcastle:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)
“’Will Wonder Drugs Never Cease!’: A Prehistory of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising,”
Pharmacy in History 51(2), 2009, p. 47-56
"'The Pill You Love Can Turn On You': Feminism, Tranquilizers, and the Valium Panic of the
1970s." American Quarterly (March 2006).
"Drug Wars and Wonder
Drugs" [review essay]. American Quarterly (December
"Thinking Through War:
The Social Thought of Richard T. Ely, John R. Commons, and Edward
A. Ross During the First World War." Journal of the History
of the Behavioral Sciences 37 (Spring 2001).
(with Robert Shibley) "The
Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence," "Yerba Buena
Gardens, San Francisco," "Pike Place Public Market, Seattle,"
"Portland's 1972 Downtown Plan, Portland, OR," and "Lessons
From the Bruner Archive," in Donald Watson, Alan Plattus, Robert
Shibley, eds., Time Saver Standards for Urban Design .
New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2003.
Paper of the Year Award from the American Journal of Public Health, the official organ of the American Public Health Association.
• Jacob K. Javits
Shryock Medal, American Association for the History of Medicine,
in Wisconsin History, University of Wisconsin, 1998.
Affiliations and other
for the History of Medicine
of American Historians
Tuesday, March 19, 2013