Professor Largent is an historian of science, technology and medicine. He is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in Lyman Briggs College and the Associate Dean & Director of Learning Analytics in The Hub and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.  His research and teaching focuses on the role of scientists and physicians in American public policy. He has written on the evolution-creation debate, the professionalization of American biology, Darwinism, the history of the American eugenics movement, and recent debates over compulsory vaccination. He is the author of Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States (2008), Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America (2012), and Keep Out of Reach of Children:  Reye’s Syndrome, Aspirin, and the Politics of Public Health (2015).  In his work as Director of Learning Analytics, he coordinates the university’s efforts to use student and institutional data to improve student success at MSU.

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