My name is Lucas Richert and I’m a writer and historian.

I’m a Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Strathclyde and, in 2019, the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Before that, I held a SSHRC 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

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’m working on various other projects, including an Break on Through: Radical Mental Health in the 1970s (MIT Press) and Worldwide Weed: Global Histories of Cannabis (MIT Press).

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.




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