David Herzberg


David Herzberg.

David Herzberg


David Herzberg



20th century United States History; Gender and Sexuality; Medicine, Disability and Science; Social and Cultural History


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1993

Courses Regularly Taught

Post-45 U.S. History
Alcohol & Other Drugs in American History
Health and Illness in American History

Research Interests

Medicines & Drugs; Popular Culture

Current Research

History of prescription drug abuse; 20th century pharmaceuticals and the consumer culture.

Selected Publications


Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009


"Entitled to Addiction? Race and Pharmaceuticals in America's First Drug War," Bulletin of the History of Medicine (forthcoming, Fall 2017)

with Nancy Campbell, "Gender and Criticl Drug Studies: An Introduction and an Invitation," Contemporary Drug Problems (Fall 2017)

“Busted for Blockbusters: ‘Scrip Mills’ and Prescribing Power in the 1970s,” in Jeremy Greene and Elizabeth Segal Watkins, eds., Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)


  • J. Worth Estes Article Prize from the American Association for the History of Medicine, 2018
  • IFRIS Visiting Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Research Unit “Sciences, Innovation and Society” (LISIS) at Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée University and at the Research Center for Medicine, Health and Society (CERMES3) at Paris Descartes University, Spring 2017
  • National Institute of Health / National Library of Medicine, Grant for Scholarly Work in Biomedicine and Health (G13), 2015-2018.
  • Paper of the Year Award from the American Journal of Public Health, the official organ of the American Public Health Association, 2011.
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1997-2001.

Affiliations and other notes

  • Alcohol and Drug History Society
  • American Institute for the History of Pharmacy
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • American historical association
  • American Studies Association
  • Organization of American Historians