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 the 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 most recent monograph, Coxsackie: The Life and Death of Prison Reform, appeared in 2014 from the Johns Hopkins University Press. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Drug Issues, Contemporary Justice Review, Punishment & Society, and Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. 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