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- Modern United States History—Culture
- Cold War
- Science and Technology
- Phd University of Wisconsin - Madison, August 1999
- BA Rutgers University - December, 1989
Awards and Honors
- American Council on Education Fellow, 2016-17.
- 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 Research Fellowship, 1996-1997.
- History of Science Society's Schuman Prize, 1996.
- Jacob Javits Fellow, 1991-1996.
- 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
- Public History
- Graduate Reading Seminar in Modern U.S. History
- Antarctica and the Global Environment- A Study Abroad Experience
- Frontiers for the American Century: Outer Space, Antarctica, and Cold War Nationalism (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
- "International Science in Antarctica," in Hugh Slotten ed., Modern Science in National, Transnational, and Global Context. (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
- "Nostalgia for the Right Stuff: Astronauts and Public Anxiety about a Changing Nation," in Michael Neufeld ed., Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight (Smithsonian Scholarly Press, 2013).
- "Scientific Exploration in Antarctica as an Analogy for American Spaceflight," Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy (October 2014).
- "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," 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.
Recent Scholarly and Public History Presentations
- "Immigration Reform and the Politics of Security, Economics, and National Character," Strong Museum AP History Conference, March 2017.
- "American Cold War Internationalism," National University of Ireland, Maynooth, March 2016.
- "FDR and New Deal Politics," Livingston Great Depression Symposium, September 2015.
- "Promoting American Spaceflight," Future in Space Operations Telecom Series, March 2015.
- "Superpower Politics, Energy, and America’s Long Road through 9-11," Strong Museum AP History, March 2014.
- "America’s High-Tech Arsenal of Democracy," Strong Museum AP History, March 2013.
- "20th Century U.S. South Polar Exploration," American Studies Association, November 2012.
- "Technologies of Exploration," Society for the History of Technology, November 2011.
- "Changing Sentiments about American Exploration," Organization of American Historians, March 2008.
- "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.
- 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.