Dan Malleck

Applied Health Sciences - Health Sciences

Dan Malleck


**Please note: From  Sept-Nov 2015 I will be a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare in Glasgow, Scotland.  I will not be teaching in the Fall semester, but overworked in the Winter.**

I teach and think about the history of medicine. A lot.

More specifically, I am interested in the history of drug and alcohol regulation and prohibition; the medicalization of conditions not always considered "medical" in nature; the development of the pharmaceutical industry; the often contentious relationship between various health professions; and the changing, socially-framed nature of disease.

My most recent book looks at the many cultural, political, and economic factors that converged in the move towards increased regulation of drugs in Canada. It is entitled When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, Medicine, and the Origins of Canada's Drug Laws and was released in July 2015.

My book Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-1944 was published by UBC Press in May, 2012. If you want to talk about booze and its regulation, I'm probably pondering this at the pub right now. I may even be celebrating, because the book received the Canadian Historical Association's Clio Prize for the best book in Ontario history for 2012. It's humbling, and reason to celebrate. (It also won an award from Gourmand magazine)

I have an additional interest in consumerism and modernity, and am co-editor (with Cheryl Krasnick Warsh) of an essay collection entitled Consuming Modernity: Changing gendered behaviours and consumerism, 1919-1945 (UBC Press, 2013)

Students interested in doing directed readings on topics like addiction, drugs and alcohol, professionalization of medicine, or state regulation of health, all from historical perspectives, of course, should drop me a line.

If you are so inclined, you can follow me on Twitter, @DanMalleck, where I comment on drug and alcohol policy, amongst other things like brewing and politics. I also maintain a website www.drughistorycanada.com, which focuses on policy from an historical perspective and www.drinkhistorycanada.com, which does similar things with alcohol.  I don't do much on these sites, so don't get so excited. 

I also have this bad habit of presenting at alcohol and drug history conferences.  One of these indulgences was caught on video.  You can see it here: 


a portrait of Dan Malleck, professor and hophead.
Dan Malleck

Associate Professor
Office: STH 307
T 905 688 5550 x5108
F 905 688 8954
E dmalleck@brocku.ca