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Matthew June


Matt is a PhD candidate specializing in twentieth-century United States politics, law, and society. His dissertation, “Protecting Some and Policing Others: Federal Pharmaceutical Regulation and the Foundations of the ‘War on Drugs,’” argues the modern drug war emerged from mid-century consumer protection politics promoted by liberals from the New Deal through the 1960s. Centered on the history of the Food and Drug Administration and its short-lived Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC), his research shows that efforts to expand federal power to regulate the distribution of pharmaceuticals solidified the state's legal, institutional, and moral authority to classify and police unapproved uses and users of all drugs. This work relates to his broader interests in the history of power, and his fascination with the individual decisions, lived experiences, and historical forces that have shaped uses of government power and, in turn, the consequences for those suffering through the unequal application of such power.

Matt has worked as a teaching assistant at San Diego State University and Northwestern University and is now teaching his own classes at Northwestern, including the History of the Sixties, an upper-level research seminar, “Drugs and Trade in American History,” and both sections of the global history survey. In recognition for his teaching, Matt has won the History Department’s Lacey Baldwin Smith Award for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award. He also currently works for Northwestern’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching as a Graduate Teaching Mentor and Teaching Consultant for both graduate and faculty teachers.

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