Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


Brent Ruswick

Phone: 610-436-2789

Teaching Interests:

Methods of teaching secondary social studies; history of science, especially history of modern biology, social science, and scientific social reform; history of poverty and dependence; Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Current Research:

Dr. Ruswick's next book project is tentatively titled The Good Fight: Reforming Biology and Society through Cooperative Evolution. He also is working on shorter pieces concerning his experiences in teacher training and supervision.

Brief Biography:

Brent Ruswick earned his B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (1999), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin (2001, 2006). Before joining West Chester University, he served the University of Central Arkansas as a supervisor of student teachers, co-instructor of the Teaching of Social Studies Methods course, and taught classes in American and world history as well as the history of science. He has published articles in The History Teacher, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, The Indiana Magazine of History, and in December 2012 published his first book, Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America, with Indiana University Press. His historical interests focus on the intersection of science and social reform, with pedagogical and policy interests in the reform of teacher training, certification, and evaluation.