AIHP Staff

Historical Director

Lucas Richert became AIHP’s Historical Director in 2019. In this role, Lucas is responsible for the Institute’s historical programs and programming. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy in History.

Lucas is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy. Lucas was awarded graduate degrees from the University of Edinburgh and University of London after beginning his academic studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining UW-Madison, he was a Lecturer and then a Chancellor’s Fellow in the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.

His research focuses on the history of substances and the pharmaceutical industry. He also examines the history of mental health. His first book, Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the FDA during the Reagan Era: A Prescription for Scandal (Lexington Books 2014), studied pharmaceutical regulation in the 1970s-1980s. It was awarded the 2015 Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize. His second book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Spring 2019), investigates the myths, meanings, and boundaries of recreational drugs, palliative care drugs and pharmaceuticals as well as struggles over product innovation, consumer protection, and freedom of choice in the medical market place.

Email: lucas.richert@wisc.edu
Phone: 608-890-3676


Executive Director
Dennis Birke became AIHP’s Executive Director in January 2019. In that role, Dennis serves as the chief executive officer of the Institute. He is responsible for executing the Institute’s strategic plans, managing the Institute’s financial affairs, programs, operations, and policies, and supervising the Institute’s staff.

Dennis joined AIHP in January 2018 as Administrative Director. Prior to joining AIHP, Dennis was an attorney at one of Madison’s largest law firms, where his practice included the representation of nonprofit organizations. Dennis also served as the President of the Olbrich Botanical Society, which provides funding and operational support for Olbrich Gardens, a nationally-renowned public garden owned by the City of Madison. He also served as the President of the First Unitarian Society of Madison, one of the largest Unitarian-Universalist congregations in the country and the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark. Dennis’ work with nonprofit organizations includes extensive experience with fundraising, membership development, and financial management.

Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Washington University School of Law.

Email: dennis.birke@aihp.org
Phone: 608-262-0251


AIHP Assistant Director Gregory Bond
Assistant Director

Gregory Bond, PhD, has been the Assistant Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy since 2017. As the managing editor of AIHP publications, he serves as the Senior Editor of Pharmacy in History, the editor of Scripts, and the editor of AIHP’s web site and email communications. He is also AIHP’s Head Archivist and collaborates with the Executive Director and the Historical Director to maintain and develop the Institute’s historical collections, including the Kremers Reference Files and the AIHP Collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Additionally, he manages AIHP’s digital initiatives, negotiating the Institute’s engagement with sites like JSTOR and Hathi Trust. Greg received his PhD in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and subsequently received his MLS with concentrations in Archives and in Digital Libraries from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals and edited collections and has also written articles for popular publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Wisconsin State Journal, and the History News Network. His current research interests include the history of African-American pharmacists and the history of African-American pharmacy education.

Email: gregory.bond@aihp.org
Phone: 608-262-5378

Recent publications include:


Curator
Curator

Beth D. Fisher joined the AIHP in 1995. Prior to relocating to Madison, Beth was a project coordinator in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Arts and Humanities at the Smithsonian Institution. Beth began her museum career at the Detroit Institute of Arts and then the Kohl Children’s Museum in Wilmette, IL. Beth moved to Washington, DC to attend graduate school, and she interned at the National Museum of American History registrar’s office. Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Museum Studies at George Washington University. Beth has served on the boards of the Wisconsin Federation of Museums and the University of Wisconsin Geology Museum. Beth authored A Guide to Pharmacy Museums and Historical Collections in the United States and Canada (now online). She also curates and maintains AIHP artifact and ephemera collections as well as historical exhibits in the UW School of Pharmacy.

Email: beth.fisher@aihp.org
Phone: 608-262-5378


Fischelis Scholar
Fischelis Scholar

Greg Higby retired as AIHP’s Executive Director at the end of 2018 and assumed his new position as Fischelis Scholar. In this new part-time role, Greg curates the Institute’s collection of reference materials, books, and artifacts. He also continues to teach the pharmacy history course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.

Greg served as AIHP’s Executive Director from 1988 through 2018, after serving as Acting Director (1986-88), Associate Director (1985-86), Assistant Director (1984-85), and Assistant to the Director (1981-84). He received his BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (under Glenn Sonnedecker). Greg served as the Editor of Pharmacy in History throughout his tenure as Executive Director.

Greg’s publications include the books, In Service to American Pharmacy: The Professional Life of William Procter, Jr. (1992) and The Spirit of Voluntarism: The United States Pharmacopeia 1820-1995 (co-authored with Lee Anderson). He has co-edited about another dozen books for the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy including Pill Peddlers, American Pharmacy: A Collection of Historical Essays, and Drugstore Memories.

Greg’s honors include the Edward Kremers Award, the Schelenz Medal, and the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award. He was elected to the honorific International Academy of the History of Pharmacy in 1991.

Higby is a registered pharmacist in the state of Michigan. His hobbies include music (playing trombone and recorder), recreational biking, and watching English Premier League football.

Email: greg.higby@aihp.org
Phone: 608-262-5841

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