Guest Bloggers 2012

Guest Bloggers for Points are generally academics, policy experts, activists, or educators with a professional research interest in alcohol and drugs. If you fall outside this description but think you would like to contribute, you may send a short resume, 2-3 relevant clips (links to online publications are fine), and a brief pitch that explains the topic you want to write about and the approach you intend to take to Joe Spillane or Trysh Travis. Please note that Points does not publish book reviews, fiction, poetry, or memoir/personal experience narrative.

Diana Ahmad: Diana is an Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is also the author of The Opium Debate and Chinese Exclusion Laws in the Nineteenth-Century American West (University of Nevada Press, 2007)

Kristina Aikens: Kristina received her PhD in English from Tufts University in 2008, producing the thesis “A Pharmacy of Her Own: Victorian Women and the Figure of the Opiate.” Since then, she has been published under a variety of academic titles, including Gothic Studies, Critical Survey, and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture.

Ross Aikins: A self-proclaimed sports-nerd, journalist, teacher, and postdoctoral fellow at the National Development and Research Institutes in New York City, Ross is a recent PhD from UCLA’s School of Education. He principally studies enhancement drug use in society, substance use issues among military veteran and college student populations, and other education and health related issues. Ross also blogs at

Dessa Bergen-Cico: An assistant professor of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at Syracuse University,  Dessa Bergen-Cico is the lead faculty of their Addiction Studies Program and the author of War and Drugs: The Role of Military Conflict in the Development of Substance Abuse (Paradigm Publishers, 2011).

Winston Black: An intellectual historian of medieval England and France who has published several essays on medical and religious education, and an edition, translation, and study of Henry of Huntingdon’s Anglicanus Ortus: A Verse Herbal of the Twelfth Century (Toronto and Oxford, 2012). He is currently the Haslam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies of the University of Tennessee.

Alexandra Bogren: An associate professor of Sociology at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University (Sweden), Alexandra is currently working on  media portrayals of biomedical alcohol research. She has a continuing interest in cultural studies of alcohol, drugs, and intoxication; her works has appeared in venues like Addiction Research and Theory, Feminist Media Studies, and NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research.

Daniel Bradburd: Daniel is a Professor of Anthropology at Clarkson University and, among other scholarly endeavors, he has published (with William Jankowiak) Drugs, Labor, and Colonial Expansion (University of Arizona Press, 2003).

Sergio Campos: Associate Professor of law at The University of Miami. His current official research focuses on civil procedure and federal courts topics, mostly surrounding the class action.

Mark Christensen: In addition to publishing several novels, Mark Christensen has written for Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Oregon Magazine.

Stanley Corkin: Dr. Corkin is a member of the University of Cincinnati’s English Department.  Recipient of a PhD in American Studies from NYU in the days before that school was fashionable (full disclosure: I was an undergraduate there at the same time, but our cronyism remained nascent until just recently), Corkin is the author of Starring New York: Filming the Grime and Glamour of the Long 1970s (Oxford, 2011) and Cowboys as Cold Warriors: The Western and U.S. History (Temple,2004).

David Courtwright: David is currently Presidential Professor of History at the University of North Florida.  He’s also the author of several books, including Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America (updated edition, Harvard University Press, 2001), Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard University Press, 2001), and No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America (Harvard University Press, 2010).

Matthew Crawford:  Assistant Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Kent State University and a historian of the early modern Atlantic World, Crawford is at work on a book tentatively titled “A Cure for Empire: An American Wonder Drug, Enlightenment Science, and European Imperialism, 1750-1850.”

Paul Draus: Paul Draus is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Health Policy Studies in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, who for many years was a public health field worker specializing in tuberculosis control, first in New York City and then in Chicago. He is the author of Consumed in the City: Observing Tuberculosis at Century’s End (Temple University Press, 2004), and has written on health issues, behaviors and social contexts related to substance abuse in rural areas.  His current research focuses on community contexts, social networks and work patterns of daily heroin users, former street sex workers and ex-offenders in the city of Detroit.

Emily Dufton: A PhD candidate in the American Studies department at George Washington University, Emily is currently beginning work on her dissertation, which explores the origins of the family-centered, zero-tolerance prevention approach that consumed America’s social, political, and judicial approach to the drug abuse “epidemic” in the late twentieth century.  She presented her paper, Faith: The Anti Drug. Religion and Recruits in the Battle Against Youth Drug Use,” at the 2012 American Historical Association’s meeting in Chicago, and is the author of the  review “‘Laughing, Sweating, and Smiling Bravely Across History’: Visual Narratives of Countercultural Contentment in Roberta Price’s Across the Great Divide,” to be published soon by the Journal of Popular Culture.

Froylan Enciso: Froylan is a journalist and doctoral candidate in the Department of History, SUNY-Stony Brook, where he is working on a dissertation that explores the history of drugs in Sinaloa. A native of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Froy previously studied international relations at El Colegio de México (1998-2002).  He’s also a dedicated blogger, publishing Fantastic Postcards through the grassroots webpage Nuestra Aparente Rendicion (Our Apparent Surrender).

Brad Fidler: Brad is a postdoc researcher at UCLA, where he is developing a new program on Internet history.  He studies the crossovers between information technologies and psychiatry.

Christine Grella: Christine is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles. She is also the Associate Director of ISAP.  Her research focuses on the relationship of service delivery to addiction treatment outcomes, and she brings that “meta” perspective to graduate students and postdocs when she teaches “Addiction Research: History, Policy, and Practice.”

Jack Halberstam: Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of, among other canonical texts of queer studies, Female Masculinity (Duke, 1998), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012).  Currently working on a book on Queer Anarchism, he is also a founder of and contributor to Bully Bloggers.

Kelsey Harclerode: A 3rd year student at the University of Florida, double majoring in Political Science and Women’s Studies, Kelsey Harclerode honed her research chops in Model United Nations.  She has served as an intern in the office of US Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fl) and as a special assistant to Senator George Limieux (R-Fl), and has also interned at the lobbying firm of Van Scoyoc and Associates.  At present she is pursuing an honors thesis in Political Science on gender’s role in the Arab Spring revolutions.

Shana Harris: Shanais a recent graduate from the joint Ph.D. program in Medical Anthropology at the Universities of California at Berkeley and San Francisco.  Her research focuses on a variety of drug-related topics, including pharmaceutical policy, drug treatment, buprenorphine therapy, and gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) use. Her dissertation, “Out of Harm’s Way: The Politics and Practice of Harm Reduction in Argentina,” examined drug use and the politics of intervention involved in the promotion and practice of harm reduction in Argentina since the mid-1990s.

Kevin Kaufman: Kevin just completed his dissertation, “‘Rigorous Honesty’: A Cultural History of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1930-1960,″ at the History Department of Loyola University, Chicago, under the direction of Lewis Erenberg.  Dr. Kaufmann is currently a Pre-Health Advisor at Loyola University; when away from his academic life he blogs about random things and the Chicago White Sox.

Kerwin Kaye: A recent graduate of New York University’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Program in American Studies, Kerwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at SUNY Old Westbury. His article “Rehabilitating the ‘Drugs Lifestyle’:  Criminal Justice, Social Control, and the Cultivation of Agency” is forthcoming in Ethnography.

Alison Knopf: Is the editor of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly.

Jim Leitzel: Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Director of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.  Don’t let the wonkishness fool you though: Leitzel is also the founder of TWO blogs, Vice Squad and Self-Exclusion, and quite possibly the first Points contributor to have given a TEDx Talk (on “Re-Legalizing Drugs”).

Brad Listi: The founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community is also the author of a novel called Attention. Deficit. Disorder., a Los Angeles Times bestseller, the executive producer of The Nervous Breakdown’s podcast series, and the host of Other People with Brad Listi, a twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with contemporary authors.

Dan Malleck:  Dan Malleck is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Brock University (Ontario, Canada), where he teaches medical history. He is the editor-in-chief of The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, the official journal of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, and author of Try to Control Yourself: The regulation of public drinking in post-prohibition Ontario, 1927-1944, forthcoming from University of British Columbia Press.

Mike McLaughlin: received his BA and MA from York University in Toronto. He is currently a third year Ph.D. candidate in the history department at Carleton University in Ottawa. His dissertation topic focuses on the middle-class culture of Irish Catholics in Canada in the second half of the nineteenth century, and their relationship to the British Empire. It is tentatively titled “Imperial Citizens: Irish Catholic Middle-Class Culture in Colonial Canada, 1855-1902.”

Alex Mold: Alex is currently Lecturer in History at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she has been since 2004.  She received her PhD in Modern History from the University of Birmingham, and (in 2008) published Heroin: The Treatment of Addiction in Twentieth-Century Britain (Northern Illinois University Press).  More recently, Alex (together with Virginia Berridge) has authored Voluntary Action and Illegal Drugs: Health and Society in Britain Since the 1960s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Anne Moore: She received her PhD in English Literature from Tufts University in May 2012 with a dissertation (from which her guest series is derived) entitled “After the Break: Serial Narratives and Fannish Reading.” It considers the way that 19th-century novels and contemporary television use the serial format to worm their way into your heart and your head, turning readers into compulsive, over-enthusiastic fans. Other writing of Moore’s can be found online at Parabasis and In Media Res. She lives in Somerville, MA with her partner Ariel and their daughter Isadora.

Stephanie Olsen: Is a member of the recently launched Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Stanton Peele: Stanton is a psychologist, attorney, and practicing psychoterapist who has published extensively on addiction and addiction treatment. Among other works, he has produced Love and Addiction (1975), Diseasing of America (1989), and Addiction-Proof Your Child (2007).

Gretchen Pierce: Gretchen is an Assistant Professor of History at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.  Her research focuses primarily on the social and cultural history of Mexico.

Toine Pieters: Senior lecturer and researcher at the VU-Medical Center in Amsterdam (since 1998) and professor of the History of Pharmacy at the universities of Groningen and Utrecht (since 2008), Toine’s interests reside at the intersection of psycho-pharmacology, addiction studies, genetics and eugenics. He is the author of Interferon: The Science and Selling of a Miracle Drug (London, 2005) as well as a host of diverse papers. In addition to teaching and writing, he also is the project manager of WAHSP and BIland: Web applications for historical sentiment mining in public media.

Matthew Raphael: Matthew J. Raphael uses a pen name in deference to AA’s 11th Tradition of anonymity. He recently retired from a long career as a critic and historian of American literature and is the author of Bill W. and Mr. Wilson: The Legend and Life of AA’s Co-founder (U. Mass. Press, 2000).

Adam Rathge: A PhD candidate in History at Boston College, Adam is at work on a dissertation entitled “The Origins of Marijuana Prohibition, 1870-1937.”

Samuel Roberts: An Associate Professor of History at Columbia University, Dr. Roberts also serves as an Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health.  He is also the author of Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).

Paul Roman: Paul is a Regents Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia and Director of their Center for Research on Behavioral Health and Human Service Delivery in the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research. He currently studies organizational change and innovation adoption in the delivery of treatment for substance use disorders. Earlier in his career he conducted extensive research on the adoption and implementation of employee substance abuse and assistance programs in the workplace.

Carlo Rotella: A noted scholar, public intellectual, playground point guard, and, not incidentally, Director of American Studies at Boston College. A regular contributor to the New York Times Magazineand an op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe, his latest book, published this fall, is Playing in Time:  Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories.  “The Case Against Kojak Liberalism” is excerpted from his piece of the same name in the University of Michigan Press collection The Wire:  Race, Class, and Genre, edited by Liam Kennedy and Stephen Shapiro (2012).

Grey Ryder: ‘Grey Rider’ is the pen name of an attorney and methadone patient who blogs at

Myrna Santiago: Professor and Chair of the History Department at St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, Santiago comes to drug history through border, economic, and environmental issues, a nexus of ideas represented in her prize-winning book The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900-1938 (Cambridge, 2007).

Jonathan Simon: Simon is the Adrian Kragen Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, where he teaches classes on criminal law and socio-legal studies; he is also the author of multitudinous law review and criminology articles as well as several monographs, including Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (Oxford University Press, 2009), and the forthcoming Mass Incarceration on Trial: America’s Courts and the Future of Imprisonment (New Press 2013).

Marcella Szablewicz: An MA in East Asian Studies from Duke University and a PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Communication and Media, Marcella is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in MIT’s department of Comparative Media Studies.

Henry Yeomans: Henry is a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Leed’s School of Law, where he works on historical criminology and criminological theory, especially as it pertains to the regulation of alcohol.


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