My name is Lucas Richert and I’m a writer and historian. In 2019, I take up the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Before that, I was a Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Strathclyde. I previously held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in Canada, formed part of the academic precariat, as well as worked in policy at the Health Quality Council.
In 2014, I published a monograph called Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the FDA during the Reagan Era: A Prescription for Scandal, which examined pharmaceutical regulation in the 1970s-1980s. It was awarded the 2015 British Association for American Studies Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize.
My forthcoming book is called Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Spring 2019). #StrangeTrips Please feel free to buy and read it!!
It’s my pleasure to serve as the co-editor in chief of Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (University of Chicago Press) and, starting in 2019, the editor of Pharmacy in History (American Institute for the History of Pharmacy).
I have had the privilege to work with various academic journals over the years, including British Journal of Psychiatry, Canadian Medical Association Journal, European Journal of American Culture, Isis, Journal of American Studies, Medical History, Medical Humanities, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Social History of Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, The Psychologist, and others. Though not exhaustive, the list above provides a flavor of my wide interests.
I’m developing several projects at the moment. Along with Professor Matt Smith, I’m co-editing a collection of articles called Socioeconomic Factors and Mental Health: Past and Present (Palgrave Communications). I currently have two other contracted books on the go, including Break on Through: Radical Mental Health in the 1970s (The MIT Press) and Worldwide Weed: Global Histories of Cannabis (The MIT Press), which I’m co-editing with Professor Jim Mills.
If you’re wondering about why ‘Run For Your Life!’ as the name of this site, it’s a reference to my first ever publication. Honestly, I still think it’s useful to maintain this blog, even though I’m not tending to it as lovingly as I might. Please nose around and I hope you enjoy.