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Historian and Author James Capshew

Owen Johnson interviews Professor James Capshew, historian of science and learning at IU Bloomington, and author of a new biography on Herman B Wells.

Professor James Capshew in blue and white striped buttoned-down dress shirt and glasses, smiling

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Professor James Capshew

[Herman B Wells'] life as a public figure is all around us here on this campus. Every area you can name . . . he left his imprint on.

James Capshew is the author of Psychologists on the March: Science, Practice, and Professional Identity in America, 1929-1969 and the biography Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University.

In 2010 he gave the Herman B Wells Distinguished Lecture under the auspices of IU’s Society for Advanced Study.

He has served as editor of the international journal History of Psychology and as editor for psychology of the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

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