Faculty Profiles

Frederick Rowe DavisPhoto of Frederick Davis

Frederick Rowe Davis is Professor of History and the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science. He studied the history of science and medicine at Harvard, the University of Florida, and Yale where he received his Ph.D. His research interests lie at the intersection of the history of environmental science, environmental health, and environmental history. Davis recently published Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Yale University Press, 2014). He also wrote The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology (Oxford University Press, 2007).

His current research projects include “Making Silent Spring,” a study of how Rachel Carson wrote her bestselling exposé of the ecological and health risks of chemical pesticides. He is also writing on the continued role of the organism in biology as science has focused on the gene and the molecule as the key elements of life.

Davis comes to Purdue following a distinguished tenure at Florida State University, where he taught courses in the history of science, the history of disease and public health, and environmental history. He has supervised four doctoral students and sixteen master’s students. At Purdue his teaching roster will include “Science & Society in Western Civilization,” “Environmental History of the United States,” “Science & Society in the Twentieth Century,” and a graduate seminar in global environmental history, as well as courses in the history of life sciences and the history of environmental sciences.

Davis spent the academic year 2016-2017 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on a Fulbright Scholar’s Award. He previously taught at Florida State University, where he co-created the Program for the History and Philosophy of Science.

He has a son in high school and divides his free time between birdwatching and distance running.


Kim Gallon

Dr. Kim Gallon joins Purdue University as an assistant professor of history from Muhlenberg College.  She is also the founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective (http://blackpressresearchcollective.org) and an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  Her research focuses on discourses and representations of gender and sexuality in the early twentieth century Black Press.  She is completing a manuscript titled, “We Are Becoming a Tabloid Race: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality in the Black Press, 1925-1945.”   Her future research focuses on cultural Pan-Africanism in African American and Ghanaian newspapers in the twentieth century.  She is also a Digital Humanist and was recently awarded a NEH Digital Humanities Level 1 Start-Up grant for her work on digitizing scholarship on the Black Press.  Her work has been published in History Compass, Journalism History, Transformations, Pennsylvania History and Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Her writing on Black popular culture and romance is featured on the “Popular Romance Project” web site (http://popularromanceproject.org).

 She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, with major fields in African American and American History and Women, Gender and Sexuality.   She holds graduate certificates in African Studies, Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.  She also earned a M.S. in Library and information Science from Drexel University and a BA in English from Rutgers-Camden University. 


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