David Ruth, Ph.D.

David Ruth headshot
Division Head (Interim), Social Sciences
Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, American Studies
Office Phone
Office Location
Sutherland, 412
Penn State Abington
0119 Sutherland Building
Abington, PA 19001

    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