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Professor Emeritus

Research and Teaching Fields: Recent America, history of science, American historiography


  • B.A., College of William and Mary, 1957
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1959
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1962.

UAB Service, 1970-1981

  • 1988-1995: Chair, Department of History

Select Publications

  • Progressive Politics and Conservation: The Ballinger-Pinchot Affair. University of Chicago Press, 1968.
  • The Politics of American Science, 1939 to the Present. Rand McNally, 1965 (co-editor).
  • The New Madrid Earthquakes. University of Missouri Press, 1976.
  • The Great Western Land Pirate: John A Murrell in Legend and History. University of Missouri Press, 1981.
  • “Carl Becker and the Jewel of Inconsistency,” Antioch Review, 1986.
  • “James Copeland and Sheriff Pitts: A Gulf Coast legend,” Gulf Coast Historical Review, 1987.

Select Grants, and Fellowships

  • Social Science Research Council, 1968.
  • American Philosophical Society, 1978.

Select Honors

  • Professor of the Year Award, Loyola University, Chicago, 1986-1987