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Professor of History, Penn State

A historian of both the human sciences and modern Europe, I am particularly interested in how societies grapple with the questions and problems associated with modernity through the vehicles of science, technology, and medicine. My research has largely focused on the nature of power and the relationship between the state, science, and medicine in understanding and managing things such as disability, deviance, criminality, mental illness, and security. And I regularly write articles and present papers on the general history of madness and psychiatry. In recent years, however, my interests have moved into studying the history of supernatural and paranormal phenomena. In particular, I am writing a book about the history of UFO sightings and claims of alien contact throughout the world.


  • –present
    Professor of History, Penn State
  • University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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