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Westminster College Associate Professor Appointed to Presidential Book Award Selection Committee

Friday, September 28, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Timothy Cuff, Westminster College associate professor of history, was recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the Social Science History Association's (SSHA) Presidential Book Award Selection Committee.

The Committee reviews monographs by beginning scholars that analyze structural change or event histories from a social science perspective for their scholarly significance, interdisciplinary reach, and methodological innovativeness.

Cuff, a Westminster graduate who joined the faculty in 2000, earned a master's degree from Bowling Green State University and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches courses in U.S. history, World Geography, and the First Year Program.  His research interests focus on the 19th century U.S. and the outcomes of economic development.  His book, The Hidden Cost of Economic Development:  The Biological Standard of Living in Antebellum Pennsylvania, was published by Ashgate in 2005.  His current research, some in collaboration with advanced undergraduate students, addresses anthropometric history as well as the influenza pandemic of 1918.

According to the SSHA website, "SSHA is an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and historical and social-scientific methodologies. SSHA might be best seen as a coalition of distinctive scholarly communities. Our substantive intellectual work ranges from everyday life in the medieval world - and sometimes earlier - to contemporary global politics, but we are united in our historicized approach to understanding human events, explaining social processes, and developing innovative theory."

Contact Cuff at (724) 946-6152 or email for additional information.

Dr. Timothy Cuff, associate professor of history