University of North Florida

Presidential Professor




Professional Interests

I offer courses in U.S. history and in medical, social, and legal history at the University of North Florida. I have authored books on drug use and drug policy, both in American and world history; the special problems of frontier environments, both on the land and in the air; and, most recently, about the culture war that has roiled American politics since the 1960s. I am currently working on a book about pleasure and capitalism in the modern world.



I received a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in History from Rice University.

Addictions Old and New: Edited Conference Videos

Conference on behavioral and substance addictions, from compulsive overeating to marijuana.
Commentary on conference.


No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America

Sky as Frontier: Adventure, Aviation, and Empire

Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World

Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America

Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City

Addicts Who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in America


University of North Florida Teaching and Learning Resources

Department of History

UNF Oral History Project — Creating a University

Blackboard at UNF

Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

UNF Department of History Digital Commons