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John Spurlock PhD
Joined Seton Hill
Riverside, CA
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  • Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1985


  • Youth and Sexuality in the Twentieth Century United States. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • “AIDS.” Encyclopedia of Military Science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012.
  • With David Majiros, “STDs.” Encyclopedia of Military Science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012.
  • “Peyton Place and the boundaries of sexual desire in 1950s U.S.A.” in On the Borders of Convention, pp. 183-190. Ed. Aleksandra Nikcevic and Marija Knezevic. Niksic: Faculty of Philosophy, 2010.
  • "American Youth Culture and the Revolution in American Sexuality," in New Perspectives: Essays on Language, Literature and Methodology. Ed. Aleksandra Nikcevic and Marija Knezevic. Niksic: Faculty of Philosophy, 2007.
  • With James W. Reed. “Young and Pregnant: Adolescent Pregnancy in the 20th Century,” Cocca, Carolyn ed. Adolescent Sexuality: A Historical Handbook and Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood/Praeger, 2006.
  • “Love.” Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society. New York: Macmillan, 2003.
  • “Adolescent Sexuality,” Youth, Education, and Sexualites: An Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 2005.
  • “From Reassurance to Irrelevance: Adolescent Psychology and Homosexuality in America.” History of Psychology 5 (2002): 38-51.
  • With Cynthia A. Magistro. New and Improved: The Transformation of American Women’s Emotional Culture. New York: New York University Press, 1998.
  • “The Problem of Modern Married Love for Middle-Class Women” in Emotional History of the United States, Peter N. Stearns and Jan Lewis, eds. New York: New York University Press, 1998, 319-332.
  • With Cynthia A. Magistro. “'Dreams Never to be Realized': Emotional Culture and the Phenomenology of Emotion.” Journal of Social History 28 (Winter 1994):295-310.
  • “A Masculine View of Women's Freedom: Free Love in the Nineteenth Century.” International Social Science Review 69 (1995): 34-44.
  • “Utopian Communities.” Encyclopedia of Social History. New York: Garland Publishing, 1994.
  • “James Hervey Hyslop.” American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Free Love: Marriage and Middle-Class Radicalism in America, 1825-1860. New York: New York University Press, 1988.
  • “The Free Love Network in America, 1850-1860.” Journal of Social History 22 (Summer 1988): 765-779.
  • “Anarchy and Community at Modern Times, 1851-1863.” Communal Societies (1983): 29-47.


  • Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Filozofski Fakultet, University of Montenegro


  • “American Dating Culture,” public lecture, Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk, Russia), March 2012.
  • Open Forum on American society and culture, Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk, Russia), March 2012.
  • “Sluts and Steadies: Boundaries of Sexuality for Postwar Youth,” at Popular Culture Association, March 19, 2008.
  • Best Practices of Experienced Chairs, Workshop at Council of Independent Colleges’ Department / Division Chairs Workshops, May 30-Jun1 1, 2007.
  • “What happened to girls’ romantic friendships?” at Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, July 2003.
  • "'There's no place like home--except a lunatic asylum': Movies and Marriage," Popular Culture Association, April 2000.
  • “But is she a Lesbian? Young Women in Love, 1915-1940" at the American Psychological Association Convention, August 1997.
  • “'Comes the Clash of Personalities': Marriage and Popular Culture in the 1920s” at Lewis and Clark Genders Studies Symposium, April 1995.
  • “Anti-Catholicism in the 1830s” at Organization of American Historians, April 1992.
  • “The Awful Disclosures of William Leete Stone: Anti-nativism and American Nationality” at Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, July 1991.
  • “Harmonial Men in Jacksonian America” at American Studies Association, October 1988.


  • California Single Subject (Lifetime) Credential in Social Studies, English, German


  • Chair of the Division of the Humanities, August 1999-August 2009