Professional Interests

David Courtwright specializes in drug history. He also writes about violence, political and policy history, aviation, and frontier environments. He teaches medical, U.S., and world history at the University of North Florida, where he is presidential professor in the Department of History.

His latest book, The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business, will appear in the spring of 2019.


Education

Dr. Courtwright received a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in History from Rice University.


Addictions Old and New: Edited Conference Videos

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Conference on behavioral and substance addictions, from compulsive overeating to marijuana.
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Books

No Right Turn:
Conservative Politics in a Liberal America

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky as Frontier:
Adventure, Aviation, and Empire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forces of Habit:
Drugs and the Making of the Modern World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Paradise:
A History of Opiate Addiction in America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violent Land:
Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Addicts Who Survived:
An Oral History of Narcotic Use in America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of North Florida Teaching and Learning Resources

Department of History

UNF Oral History Project — Creating a University

Canvas at UNF

Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

UNF Department of History Digital Commons

In the News

"An Opioid Crisis Foretold"
New York Times Editorial
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NEH Public Scholar Grant for a history of pleasure, vice, and addiction.
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Reflections on the new edition of Addicts Who Survived
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America's Political Shift: Academic Minute broadcast
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No Right Turn
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Crisply written, colorful, and often out-of-the-box original, this is a bold, sweeping look at the last four decades of American history.”
—Gil Troy, author of Leading from the Center
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George H. Bush

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

From Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, American politics supposedly took a right turn. Culture warriors blasted secularists while Republicans used popular anger over crime, drugs, welfare, and taxes to win office. Democrats learned to shun the liberal label or, like Bill Clinton, to tack toward the center. Yet, for all the tough talk, no national politician slowed the culture’s leftward drift or reined in the size and power of the government. No Right Turn tells the story of their failure—a failure that puzzled and ultimately enraged principled conservatives of both the moral and economic stripe.