UCLA » College » Social Sciences » History
Grad Students

Jacob Green

Current/Former HGSA Member
Advanced to Candidacy

Contact Information

Email    jacobogreen@gmail.com
Office  Not Available

Jacob is a historian of science and medicine, and the United States.

His work focuses on the history of drugs such as nitrous oxide, cannabis and peyote in late 19th and early 20th century America. His dissertation investigates topics such as how the study of these drugs intersected with the development of quantitative and qualitative methods in the early history of experimental psychology. He also looks at how philosophers used drug experiences to either support or attack Hegelianism and various other forms of Idealist philosophy which were popular during this period. Finally he investigates how contemporary cultural context shaped the sometimes mystically illuminating, and other times terrifying, unintentional hallucinogenic experiences that many individuals had while undergoing anesthesia at the surgeon or dentist.

Overall his goal is to show that many aspects of the history of mind-altering drugs which are generally thought to begin in the 1950s or 60s, such as their scientific study and associations with mystical experiences in American popular culture, have a much longer history that stretches back into the 1800s.

Field of Study

Science, Medicine, and Technology


History of Psychology

United States History

Grants and Awards

American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Ph.D. Thesis Support Grant

Source Research Foundation Grant for Student Psychedelic Research


Theodore Porter, Soraya de Chadarevian, Michael Meranze, Amir Alexander and Mary Terrall


BA, History, University of Chicago

MA, History, University of British Columbia