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Brent Ruswick

Contact History  


702 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Carole Marciano
Departmental Secretary
Office: 702 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Robert Kodosky
Departmental Chairperson
Office: 704 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2288
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Karin Gedge
Social Studies Coordinator
Office: 729 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2971

Brenda Gaydosh
Acting Graduate Coordinator
Office: 721 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-0734

Jonathan Friedman
Director, Holocaust-Genocide Studies
Office: 723 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2972

Brent Ruswick

  • Associate Professor of History
  • Social Studies Education Coordinator
  • 718 Wayne
  • 610-436-2248
Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • HIS 150: The American Experience
  • HIS 398: The History of Medicine
  • HIS 399: Atomic America
  • HIS 400: Research Seminar
  • HIS 415: History of Science
  • HIS 602: History of Science and Religion
  • SSC 331: Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies
  • EDS 411-412: Student Teaching Internship

About Me

A winner of several teaching awards and honors, Professor Ruswick arrived at West Chester in 2012. Trained as a historian of science and medicine (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 2006), he is the author of one book, Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America and several historical and pedagogical articles. Professor Ruswick's scholarly interests gravitate around issues of scientific and medical authority and their influence in culture and politics, but his real dream is to write histories of the changing role of statistical analysis in baseball and of science fiction's influence in funk and punk.

As a teacher presently licensed to teach history and political science in secondary education classrooms and possessing a bachelor's degree and considerable graduate hours in education, Professor Ruswick's favorite professional pursuit is sharing conversations about good teaching practices. His current pedagogical interests include culturally relevant teaching and authentic assessment practices.

Outside of the university, Professor Ruswick can often be found injuring himself by running long distances, cooking strange meals, and chasing misbehaving cats.

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