College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of History
Office: KH 4065C
I joined the CSULA history faculty in the fall of 2005 as chair and professor of history.
My teaching is led by my belief that at its best education transforms knowledge and beliefs, individual lives, and social interactions. The transmission and assimilation of knowledge and skills are only part of the task of good teaching and learning. The best education facilitates students in acquiring the judgment to know what knowledge they need, the ability to find and synthesize it, the critical skills to evaluate and communicate it, and the wisdom and courage to transform themselves and their communities by its application. I teach courses in cultural and intellectual history, environmental history, and the history of medicine, science, and religion.
My research interests include the historical interactions of religion, science, and health, the history of health and medicine in California, and the co-evolution of American views of God and nature as revealed through their beliefs and actions regarding earthquakes. I have spent the last fifteen years studying the beliefs and practices of religious healers, including mental healers, mind healers, and Christian Science healers.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
|“Making Doctors and Nurses for Jesus: Medical Missionary Stories and American Children,” Church History 74:3 (September 2005): 1-34.
|History of Science and Medicine Brown Bag, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 10 September 2004. Paper presentation: “’The Priest Treats the Soul, the Philosopher Studies the Mind, but the Physician Treats Man’: Science, Religion, and Insanity in Progressive America.”
|Christian Science on Trial: Religious Healing in America (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).
|“America's Innovative Nineteenth-Century Religions,” in The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia, ed. Gary B. Ferngren, Edward J. Larson, and Darrel W. Amundsen (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000): 307-12.
|“Apocalypse in an Age of Science,” in The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism, vol. 3, Apocalypticism in the Modem Period and the Contemporary Age, ed. Stephen J. Stein (New York: Continuum, 1998): 427-41.
Ph.D. History of Science 1995
- University of Wisconsin, Madison