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History Faculty

Dr. James Spillerspiller

Asst Provost Research & Scholarship/ Dean Graduate School

Office: Morgan II 2110
Phone: 585.395.5471


  • Modern American History, Cultural History


  • Phd University of Wisconsin - Madison, August 1999 - American History
  • BA Rutgers University - December, 1989

Awards and Honors

  •  SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004.
  • Research Grants from the Presidential Library Foundations of George H.W. Bush (2003); Lyndon B. Johnson (2002); and Gerald R. Ford (1997).
  • Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, 1996-1997. 
  • History of Science Society's Schuman Prize, 1996. 
  • Jacob Javits Fellow, 1991-1996. 

Courses Taught

  • Modern American History Survey
  • History of Science and Technology in America
  • Modern American Dream: Economics and U.S. Society
  • Undergraduate Research Methods
  • Modern American Cultural History
  • American Environmental History
  • America since 1929
  • Graduate Reading Seminar in Modern American History


  • "International Science in Antarctica," in David N. Livingstone and Ronald L. Numbers eds., Modern Science in National and International Context. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.)
  • "Imagining American Science and Technology," in T. Gregory Garvey and Anna Maslenikova eds., American Studies Reader (St. Petersberg, 2006).
  • "Radiant Cuisine: The Commercial Fate of Food Irradiation in the United States," Technology and Culture, October 2004.
  • "This is War! : Network Radio and World War II Propaganda in America" - in review by Journal of Radio Studies, June 2004.
  • "Re-Imagining U.S. Antarctic Research as a Defining Endeavor of a Deserving World Leader, 1957-1991," Public Understanding of Science, January 2004.

Conferences and Presentations

  • "Focusing With Foggy Lenses: The Importance and Limitations of Historical Inquiry," Keynote Lecture, Strong Museum, Rochester, NY, March 2009.
  • "Outer Space, Antarctica and Changing Sentiments about American Exploration," Organization of American Historians Conference, March 2008.
  • "The Greatest Legacy of the IGY: Antarctic Science as a Force for Peaceful Internationalism," The International geophysical Year: A 50-Year Retrospective (part of the IUGG Conference), July 2007.
  • "Documenting Science and Technology in the Digital Age," Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, April 2005
  • "The Space Frontier and the Shifting Terrain of American National Identity," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 2005.

Current Projects

  • Dr. Spiller is working on a manuscript on the cultural politics of, federally-funded scientific research and technology projects in post-World War II America.



Last Updated 2/25/15


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).