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David T Courtwright

Professor Emeritus | Presidential Professor & Distinguished Professor

History | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

history of drug use, history of drug policy, history of violence, history of medicine and public health, history of aviation, history of American politics


Ph.D. Rice University, History, 1979
B.A. University of Kansas, English, 1974


I have taught medical, U.S., and world history at the University of North Florida, where I am presidential professor emeritus in the Department of History. 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.


  • UNF John A. Delaney Presidential Professorship, 2005;
  • UNF Students' Choice Teaching Award, 2002;
  • UNF Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award, 2002, 2012;
  • UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards, 1998, 2001, 2005;
  • UNF Distinguished Professor Award, 1998;
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence Media Award, 2002;
  • American Historical Association and the National Air and Space Administration Fellowship in Aerospace History, 2001-2002;
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships in 1981 and 1998-1999;
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1993-1994.


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • Alcohol and Drugs History Society (past president)

Publications & Presentations

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