David Ruth, Ph.D.

David Ruth headshot
Program Chair, American Studies
Program Chair, History
Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, American Studies
Program Coordinator, Honors
Sutherland, 412

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