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Ellen Herman

Professor and Department Head

Office: 335 McKenzie
Office Hours: T/Th 11:30 - 12:30
Phone: 541-346-3118

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I am a historian of the modern United States with special interests in the human sciences, social engineering, and therapeutic culture. My most recent book is Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the Modern United States (University of Chicago Press, 2008). I have also written two other books. One is about the impact of psychology on public policy and culture during and after World War II: The Romance of American Psychology: Political Culture in the Age of Experts (University of California Press, 1995). The other is a contribution to a series of books for young readers on "Issues in Lesbian and Gay Life": Psychiatry, Psychology, and Homosexuality (New York: Chelsea House, 1995). My work has been supported by fellowships at Harvard Law School and Radcliffe's Bunting Institute, as well as by a major research grant from the Science and Technology Studies Program of the National Science Foundation. I have explored the possibilities of digital public history with The Adoption History Project. My current research project, "Autism, Between Risks and Rights" was supported in 2011-2012 by a Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Winter 2015 Courses

HIST 352 US in the 1960s

Course roster

HIST 203 United States III: 20th Century
HIST 352 US in the 1960s
HIST 407 Seminar: Rethinking the 1960s
HIST 407 Seminar: The United States in the 20th Century
HIST 460 Women Thinking
HIST 460 Topics: Childhood
HIST 608 Colloquium: 20th Century US History