Lucas Richert

Lecturer A

Research Interests

Lucas joined the University of Strathclyde in September, 2016. Before that, he studied at the University of Edinburgh and University of London (School of Advanced Study). He also held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Canada as well as worked in policy at the Health Quality Council. His historical research, which is interdisciplinary in nature, has focused mainly on the socio-political history of intoxicants and mental health in North America during the 19th-20th centuries. And, reflecting his diverse interests, Lucas has published in a wide-ranging set of places - from Pharmacy in History to Presidential Studies Quarterly, and from Sociology of Health and Illness to Social History of Medicine. In 2014, he published a monograph called Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the FDA during the Reagan Era: A Prescription for Scandalwhich examined the politicisation of pharmaceutical regulation in the 1970s-1980s and was awarded the 2015 British Association for American Studies Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize. He's currently at work on a new manuscript for McGill-Queen's University Press, in the History of Medicine, Health, and Society Series. The book, tentatively called Strange Medicines, interrogates how dangerous drugs can become magic bullets, and vice versa.

Teaching Interests

Lucas teaches on a range of modules, including:

* American History, 1865-Present

* Bringing Out the Bodies in History

* Dangerous Drugs & Magic Bullets

* Disease & Society

* Madness & Society



  1. Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS)

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  2. SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  3. Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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  1. Cannabis: Global Histories

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of special symposia

  2. Mad To Be Normal + Panel Discussion at Glasgow Film Theatre

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Scottish Crucible

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Lucas Richert

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