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.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Timothy Cuff, associate professor of history