Welcome to this site. 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.

Previously, I was a Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Strathclyde. I also 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 most recent book is called Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Spring 2019). Please feel free to buy and read it!

Later this year The MIT Press will be publishing my next book, Break on Through: Radical Psychiatry and the American Counterculture.

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 CultureIsisJournal of American Studies, Medical History, Medical Humanities, Presidential Studies QuarterlySocial History of MedicineSociology 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 another collection on the go; it’s called Cannabis: Global Histories (The MIT Press), which I’m co-editing with Professor Jim Mills.

Finally, 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.

Finally, I tweet @LucRichert and @drughistory as well as (partly) host a podcast through the New Books Network – it is called the Drugs, Addiction, and Recovery Podcast.

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