Office: Quad 359D
Phone: (320) 363-2720
Place of Birth:
- Ph.D. - Cornell University
- BA - University of California at Santa Cruz
20th and 21st Century US history; International Relations; Public policy related to health care delivery and scientific development.
- HIST 152: American Experience
- HIST 200: History Colloquium
- HIST 357: United States From World War I to 1960
- HIST 358: United States Since 1960
- HIST 368: United States and the World
- HIST 395: Historiography & Methods
I started teaching at Arizona State University, but realized I wanted to be at a smaller school with a liberal arts focus and an emphasis on teaching. I came here in 1976 and have happily stayed ever since. Besides teaching history and First Year Seminar, I have led the CSB/SJU program to improve faculty teaching (the Learning Enhancement Service), and am now directing the Common Curriculum.
Refereeing soccer (youth, high school, college, adult); Music, movies and books; Gardening; Fishing.
I've been working for a long time on a book on the distribution of the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines in the 1950s. I'm especially interested in what we can learn from that experience about how to distribute a scarce medical resource and the impact of various approaches to access to health care. The project also addresses questions about human experimentation, as well as the Federal government's role in developing and regulating new drugs.
Periodically, the polio project gets put on hold for other things, such as The Loaf That Became A Legend: A History of Saint John's Bread, and, more recently, "Is Iraq Another Vietnam - Or Not?" in Headwaters (vol 25, 2008).