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Joseph Spillane

Office: 236 Keene-Flint
Phone: (352) 273-3355
Fax: (352) 392-6927
Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320


Professor Joseph F. Spillane received his Ph.D. in 1994 in History from Carnegie Mellon University, his M.A. in 1989 from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.A. in 1988 from Gettysburg College. He joined University of Florida Department of History in 1995 after teaching at Indiana University-Bloomington. He has published Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), co-authored A History of Modern Criminal Justice (Sage, 2013), and co-edited Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice (Haworth Press, 2004) and Prison Work: A Tale of Thirty Years in the California Department of Corrections (Ohio State University Press, 2005). His latest monograph, Coxsackie: The Life and Death of Prison Reform, appeared in 2014 from the Johns Hopkins University Press.  Recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Drug Issues, Contemporary Justice Review, Punishment & Society, and Amsterdam Law Forum. Regularly-taught courses include: Illicit Enterprise; History and Public Policy; U.S. Since 1945; U.S. World War One to World War Two; History of Corrections; Drugs, Crime and Policy (graduate); and Modern America (graduate).

Since 2012, Dr. Spillane has served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Academic Advising Center.

Other ongoing research interests include the development of drug addiction research, and police practice relative to illicit markets.  Dr. Spillane is past president of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, and a former Managing Editor of the Points blog.  Dr. Spillane was also for a number of years a faculty member of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of Florida.