David Ruth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, History
American History, American Studies
Office Phone: 215-881-7640
Office Location: Sutherland, 412

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Educational Background

Ph.D.   History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
B.A.     History, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Research/Creative Interests and Innovations

My current project is a cultural history of capital punishment in the United States since the late 1800s.

Selected publications/exhibitions/performances list

Inventing the Public Enemy: The Gangster in American Culture, 1918-1934. University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Teaching Interests and courses taught

History 21 American Civilization since 1877
History 302W Undergraduate Seminar: Cultural Conflict in 1920s America
History 445 The Emergence of Modern America
History 447 Recent American History 
American Studies 497 American Themes, American Eras: Crime and Punishment
Honors 401H Honors Seminar: Prisons, Capital Punishment, and American Values

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

Penn State Abington Outstanding Teacher Award