Andrew Scull, Distinguished Professor


Ph.D. - Princeton, 1974

Areas of Specialization: Historical, Psychiatry, Medicine, Social Control, Professions, Theory

Email Address:
Phone number: (858) 534-0492

Curriculum Vitae



Classes to be taught in 2015-16:

Winter 2016

SOCI 136E - Sociology of Mental Illness: An Historical Approach

SOCI 150- Madness and the Movies

Spring 2016

SOCI 134- Making of Modern Medicine



Andy Scull received his B.A. from Oxford University, and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton prior to coming to UCSD. His books include Museums of Madness; Decarceration; Madhouses, Mad-Doctors, and Madmen; Durkheim and the Law (with Steven Lukes); Social Control and the State (with Stanley Cohen); Social Order/Mental Disorder; The Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900; and Masters of Bedlam. His articles have appeared in leading journals in a variety of disciplines, including British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychological Review; European Journal of Sociology; Medical History. He has held fellowships from (among others) the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Davis Center for Historical Studies, and in 1992-93 was the president of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

He has received an Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher Award, and an Academic Senate Research Lecturer award. In 2015, he received the Roy Porter Medal for lifetime contributions to the history of medicine, and in 2016, he is scheduled to receive the Eric T. Carlson award for lifetime contributions to the history of psychiatry.


A. Scull, Madhouses, Mad-Doctors and Madmen: The Social History of Psychiatry in the Victorian Era (editor and contributor) new edition, University of Pennsylvania Press. 2016

A. Scull, Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, and from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine Princeton University Press and Thames and Hudson. 2015

A. Scull, Masters of Bedlam: The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade (with Jonathan Andrews) new edition, Princeton University Press. 2014

A. Scull, Durkheim and the Law (with Steven Lukes).  revised and enlarged edition, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

A. Scull, Madness: A Very Short Introduction.  Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011.

A. Scull, Hysteria: The Disturbing History.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 Paperback edition.

A. Scull, Encyclopedia of the Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness.  Los Angeles: Sage, 2013 (Editor).

A. Scull, Hysteria: The Biography.  Oxford University Press, 2009

A. Scull, The Insanity of Place/The Place of Insanity: Essays on the History of Psychiatry, London: Routledge, 2006.

A. Scull, Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005.

A. Scull and Jonathan Andrews (equal co-authors), Customers and Patrons of the Mad Trade: The Management of Lunacy in Eighteenth Century London. University of California Press, 2003.

A. Scull and J. Andrews (equal co-authors): Undertaker of the Mind: John Monro and Mad-Doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England, Berkeley and London,University of California Press, 2001.

A. Scull, secondary co-authors: C.MacKenzie,and N.Hervey: Masters of Bedlam: The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

A. Scull, The Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain 1700-1900, Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993.

A. Scull, Social Order/Mental Disorder: Anglo- American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

A. Scull and Steven Lukes: Durkheim and the Law. Oxford: Basil Blackwell / New York: St. Martin's Press, 1983.

A. Scull: Decarceration: Community Treatment and the Deviant: A Radical View. Second revised and enlarged edition. Oxford: Polity Press/New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1984.

A. Scull: Museums of Madness: The Social Organization of Insanity in Nineteenth Century England. London: Allen Lane: New York: St. Martin's Press, 1979.

A. Scull: Decarceration: Community Treatment and the Deviant. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1977.