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Brent Ruswick

Contact History  


312 Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19382

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

Carole Marciano
Departmental Secretary
Office: Anderson 312
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Wayne Hanley
Departmental Chairperson
Office: Anderson 312C
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Karin Gedge
Social Studies Coordinator
Office: Anderson 312D6
Phone: 610-436-2971

Brenda Gaydosh
Acting Graduate Coordinator
Office: Anderson 309A
Phone: 610-436-0734

Jonathan Friedman
Director, Holocaust-Genocide Studies
Office: Anderson 309B
Phone: 610-436-2972

Brent Ruswick

  • Assistant 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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