College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. David Schuster

Dr. David Schuster

David G. Schuster, Associate Professor
Office: LA 277
Office Hours: M 12:00 - 1:15 PM, W 2:45 – 4:00 PM, F 1:15 – 2:30 PM, & By Appointment.
Phone: 260-481-6697

Raised near San Diego, California, David G. Schuster earned his BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley, his MA in history from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in United States history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He spent the first part of his career teaching high school in California before moving to Istanbul to teach at a sister school in Turkey.  He began his Ph.D. program shortly thereafter and began teaching United States history at Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2006.


Research Interests:

Schuster’s research centers on the question of how Americans have defined “normality” and “abnormality” since the Civil War.  His book, Neurasthenic Nation (Rutgers University Press, 2011) looks at the formation of America’s therapeutic culture from 1869 – 1920 and the development of a health-care economy fueled by optimistic promises of comfort and happiness.  Schuster’s current research interests include insane asylum administration and care during the late nineteenth century and the development of early legal history concerning the insane.



David G. Schuster, Neurasthenic Nation: America’s Search for Health, Happiness, and Comfort, 1869-1920 (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers       University Press, 2011).

David G. Schuster, “Personalizing Illness and Modernity: S. Weir Mitchell, Literary Women, and Neurasthenia, 1870-1914,”Bulletin of the History of Medicine 75 (Winter 2005): 695-722.

David G. Schuster, “Neurasthenia and a Modernizing America,” Journal of the American Medical Association 290 (November 5, 2003): 2327-2328.



Fall 2017

-HIST A382 The Sixties

-HIST H106 American History Since 1877

Spring 2018

-HIST A313 Origins of Modern America 1865-1917

-HIST H106 American History Since 1877