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Mark Largent
Mark Largent, Ph.D.

Department: HPS

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, History of Science and Technology 
Professor for James Madison College
Director of STEPPS
Interim Dean for Lyman Briggs College

Professor Largent is an historian of science, technology and medicine. He is the Interim Dean in Lyman Briggs College and the Associate Dean & Director of Learning Analytics in The Hub and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.  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), Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America (2012), and Keep Out of Reach of Children:  Reye’s Syndrome, Aspirin, and the Politics of Public Health (2015).  In his work as Director of Learning Analytics, he coordinates the university’s efforts to use student and institutional data to improve student success at MSU

    National Science Foundation, (Sweeder, Valles, Shipman, Largent, Cass), SPRING 3: Scholarship Program for Retaining, Inspiring, and eNabling Graduates [2016 -2021] $649,279
    Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (Colaresi, Verboncoeur, Largent), Using STAR METRICS to Understand and Improve Grant Competitiveness in Engineering [2015 -2015] $10,000
    Michigan State University Environmental Science and Policy Program-AgBioResearch Interdisciplinary Team Building Initiative, (PI: Sean Valles. Co-PIs: Kevin C. Elliott, Mark A. Largent, and Aaron M. McCright), Testing Communication Tactics for Overcoming Skepticism [2015 -2016] $6,830

    2014 “Reflections on Daniel Kevles’s In the Name of Eugenics.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences.
    2014 Lane, Julia, Mark Largent and Rebecca Rosen. "Science Metrics and Science Policy.” "Beyond Bibliometrics: Harnessing Multidimensional Indicators of Scholarly Impact," MIT Press.
    2013 Largent, Mark. "Vaccine Policy and Practice in the U.S.,” Riley Center Reports.
    2012 Largent, Mark. “Post-Darwin America,” "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought," Cambridge University Press.
    2012 Lane, Julie, and Mark Largent. “STAR-METRICS and the Science of Science Policy,” Review of Policy Research 29 2012): 431-438.
    2009 Largent, Mark. “Darwin’s Analogy between Artificial and Natural Selection in the Origin of Species,” Cambridge Companion to the 'Origin of Species.' Cambridge University Press.
    2009 Largent, Mark. “The So-Called Eclipse of Darwinism,” Descended from Darwin: Insights into the History of Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970. American Philosophical Society.
    2006 Cogdell, Christina, Mark Largent and Robert Rydell. “The Nazi Eugenics Exhibit in America, 1934-1943,” Popular Eugenics: National Efficiency and Mass Culture in the Thirties, edited by Susan Currell and Christina Cogdell. Ohio University Press, 2006.