Social Relations and Policy
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, History of Science and Technology
Associate Professor for James Madison College
Director of STEPPS (517-355-3441)
Associate Dean for Lyman Briggs College (517-884-2902)
Professor Largent is an historian of science, technology and medicine and director of the Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy Specialization (STEPPS) at MSU. His research and teaching focuses on the role of scientists and physicians in American public policy. He has written on the evolution-creation debate, the professionalization of American biology, Darwinism, the history of the American eugenics movement, and recent debates over compulsory vaccination. He is the author of Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States (2008) and The Modern American Vaccine Debate (2012). He is currently writing a history of Reye's Syndrome. He spent the 2011-12 academic year in Washington, DC as a American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow at the National Science Foundation.
Professor Mark Largent has accepted a position as the new Associate Dean for Lyman Briggs College at MSU. He will spend about half of his time in Briggs and will continue to teach two classes a year in Madison.
Professor Mark Largent to speak on “Vaccine: The Modern American Debate” at the New York Academy of Medicine on October 17, 2012.
Professor Largent’s book, “Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America” was published by Johns Hopkins University Press summer 2012.
Mark Largent was on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year and was in Washington, DC working at the National Science Foundation as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he led a project to assess and reform the NSF's Living Stocks Collections for Biological Research.
Professor Mark Largent published "Darwin's Analogy between Artificial and Natural Selection in the Origin of Species" in The Cambridge Companion to the Origin of Species, which was published by Cambridge University Press.
Professor Mark Largent published Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States and Evolution and Creationism: A Documentary and Reference Guidewith Christian Young, Greenwood Press, 2007.
Mark Largent's Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States was published by Rutgers University Press. The book explores the assumptions and motivations that led state authorities to forcibly sterilize tens of thousands of Americans and shows how these forces are still influential today in debates such as those over sex crimes and welfare reform.
Mark Largent's Evolution and Creationism: A Documentary and Reference Guide (co-edited with Christian Young of Alverno College) was published by Greenwood Press in July, 2007.