Rob Cox

Guest Presenter
Program (What area of CES): 
History and Social Studies

A recovering paleontologist, one time molecular biologist, wayward poet, and sometime historian and archivist, Rob Cox is the Head of Special Collections at UMass Amherst. In a checkered career before arriving in Amherst in 2004, Cox held positions at the University of Michigan (where he received his Ph. D. in history) and the American Philosophical Society, acquiring strong interests along the way in the histories of religion and science. He has written on topics ranging from talking to the dead in the nineteenth century to the plants of the Lewis and Clark expedition and Quaker relations with the Seneca nation in the 1790s. His most recent work includes a trilogy of books on New England culinary history and a project on reincarnation during the Cold War era.