Professor Lucas Richert to Become AIHP Historical Director

AIHP Historical Director Lucas RichertAIHP is pleased to announce that Professor Lucas Richert, the incoming George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, will serve as the Institute’s Historical Director, effective January 1, 2019. In that role, Professor Richert will assume the responsibility for overseeing the Institute’s historical programming, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy in History, and ensuring the historical integrity of all AIHP programs and publications.

A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Professor Richert is a vibrant young scholar currently at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland. His first book, Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the FDA during the Reagan Era: A Prescription for Scandal, examined the politicization of pharmaceutical regulation in the 1980s and won the Arthur Miller Centre First Book Award from the British Association for American Studies. His forthcoming book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs, investigates the myths, meanings, and boundaries of recreational drugs, palliative care drugs, and pharmaceuticals. Scheduled for publication in 2019, Strange Trips is under contract with McGill-Queen’s Press and will be part of the series Associated Medical Services Studies in the History of Medicine, Health, and Society. Prof. Richert is also a co-editor of the journal, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, published by the University of Chicago Press. In April of 2018, he co-hosted a two-day academic conference at Strathclyde entitled, “Cannabis Global Histories.” An edited collection of essays from the conference is under contract with MIT Press.

AIHP looks forward to welcoming Luc to Madison and to the Institute in 2019!

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