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Westminster College Associate Professor Serves on Panels at Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Monday, November 26, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Timothy Cuff, Westminster College associate professor of history, recently served on two panels at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Cuff organized, chaired, and served as a discussant on a panel titled "Poverty, Inequality, and Well-Being," that included papers on the shifting health status of former slaves, the effect of climate change on the health of historical populations, and efforts to measure historical income and wealth inequality around the globe. 

Cuff also served as a panelist in a book review session which addressed Louis Cain and Donald Paterson's The Children of Eve:  Population and Well-Being in History.  He presented his evaluation of the text as a classroom tool and described his students' reaction to elements of the text as well.

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 U.S. history courses, World Geography, and Inquiry 111.  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