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I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Florida, a department I chaired 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 (where I remain an affiliate faculty member).  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. Recent courses include: Law and Society; History of Modern US Social Policy (graduate); History of Corrections; Drugs, Crime and Policy (graduate); and Modern America (graduate).  I recently concluded my 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.

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