Benjamin Harris

Phone: (603) 862-4107
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 446, Durham, NH 03824
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  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Social Sciences, Hampshire College

Research Interests

  • History of psychology and psychiatry: behaviorism, eugenics, WWI, WWII, patient labor, Hollywood

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 561: Abnormal Behavior
  • PSYC 595: Appl Psyc/Academic Experience
  • PSYC 741W: Adv Top/Reshaping People
  • PSYC 775: Madness in America

Selected Publications

Harris, B. (2016). Therapeutic work and mental illness in America, c. 1830-1970. In WORK, PSYCHIATRY AND SOCIETY, C. 1750-2015 (pp. 55-76). Retrieved from

Harris, B. (n.d.). A Poignant Case of Deinstitutionalization and Death. PsycCRITIQUES, 62(38). doi:10.1037/a0040916

Harris, B., & Stevens, C. J. (n.d.). Practicing mind‐body medicine before Freud: John G. Gehring, the “Wizard of the Androscoggin”. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. doi:10.1002/jhbs.22012

Harris, B. (n.d.). Editors, Referees and Gatekeepers in the Dispute over Little Albert, 2009-2014. History of Psychology.

Harris, B. (n.d.). Franz Samelson (1923–2015).. American Psychologist, 71(1), 76. doi:10.1037/a0039683