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Aaron K. Gillette <email@example.com>
University of Houston-Downtown
I have recently written two books awaiting publication. One book, The Strange Death of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology, explains that these sciences were first developed in the early 20th century. However, the reaction against hereditarian explanations of human behavior which gained force in the 1920s and 1930s condemned this early work to extinction. The second book, The History of Latin Eugenics, examines the development of a "Latin" variety of eugenics in the early 20th century. Latin eugenics was ultimately used as a tool by Fascist Italy in an attempt to dominate the scientific life of Latin America and other Latin countries. Latin eugenicists also fought against the theories and practices of American and German eugenics with some success. My two current projects are: Aryan Beauty, a history of American beauty circa 1900 to 1970, and the influence of Aryan racism on that concept; and a history of the concept of the Latin race.
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Eugenics
|Interests:||American History / Studies
European History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
· Publication of one book (Racial Theories in Fascist Italy, Routledge, 2002)
· Two books submitted to publishers for possible publication (The Strange Death of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology; Latin Eugenics)
· Publication of two articles ("Guido Landra and the Office of Racial Studies in Fascist Italy." Holocaust and Genocide Studies 16(3) Winter 2003: 357-375; "The Origins of the Manifesto of the Racial Scientists." Journal of Modern Italian Studies 6(3) 2001: 305-323)
· A paper presented at the AHA 2006 annual meeting (“The Strange Death of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology: The Case of Roswell Hill Johnson”)
· Upper-level undergraduate classes taught at George Mason University (“History of Eugenics and Racial Science”; “Engineering Humans”; “Great Controversies in Human Biology”; “Research Methodology in Eugenics and Racial Science”)
· Ability to manage reviews, as demonstrated by the publication of two book reviews (Renato Moro, La Chiesa e lo sterminio degli ebrei. Journal of Modern Italian Studies (Forthcoming); Annalisa Capistro, L’espulsione degli ebrei dalle accademie italiane. Journal of Modern Italian Studies 9 (3) 2004: 376-379)
· Ability to manage list materials, contacts, proposed book reviews, etc. This is demonstrated by twelve years of full-time academic service at Strayer University, participating in accreditation studies, committee work, student advising program, and so on.