About

I am currently Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Florida (I previously served as chair of the department from 2006 to 2010).  Prior to that, I was also a member of the Center for Studies in Criminology & Law at the University of Florida, a program which is now part of the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law.  I earned by Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994, and came to the University of Florida in 1995 after spending two years as a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University’s criminology program.  Since then, I’ve published two sole-authored books, Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and Coxsackie: The Life and Death of Prison Reform (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), as well as one co-authored textbook, A History of Modern American Criminal Justice (Sage 2013).  Co-edited books include: Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice (Haworth Press, 2004) and Prison Work: A Tale of Thirty Years in the California Department of Corrections (Ohio State University Press, 2005). Articles include “Keeping the Lid On: A Century of Drug Regulation and Control” in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. My regularly-taught ourses include: Law and Society; History of Modern US Social Policy (graduate); History of Corrections; Drugs, Crime and Policy (graduate); and Modern America (graduate).  I served one term as President of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, the largest international academic organization devoted to those subjects.  And, finally, Trysh Travis and I were the founders and the co-Managing Editors of Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.

A link to my current CV: Vita1.27.17

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