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Greg Whitesides, Ph.D.


J. Greg Whitesides

Director of International Studies

Office Location: King Center 542
Phone: (303) 556-6649
Fax: (303) 556-6037
Areas of Expertise: 
  • ​20th Century History
  • History of Science
  • US Foreign Policy

  • ​Ph.D., History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004
  • M.A., History, University of Colorado, Denver, 1999
  • B.A., Literature & Technical, James Madison University, 1994

My primary interests are the history of science, US foreign policy and twentieth century global history. My MA thesis contextualized the Tiangong Kaiwu – a well-known Ming Dynasty encyclopedia of science and technology. My PhD studies emphasized the history of science and I conducted archival research at the Human Genome Project, the National Institutes of Health and the National Archives (among others), eventually publishing on the regulation of genetics and biomedicine. After graduation, I worked for the University of Maryland and the Department of Defense in Japan and S. Korea before being hired by the University of Colorado in 2004; since then, I’ve taught over twenty different classes in the CU system.

My current teaching and research focus remains international. I’ve directed the International Studies program since 2010, led the International Perspectives core assessment team for the past two years and taught at the International College in Beijing. I tend to teach classes on US foreign policy or twentieth century histories, such as Globalization since 1945 or the Modern Middle East.  My most recent publication was a small article for the Shanghai-based China Economic Review on contemporary Chinese science diplomacy; for far too long, I’ve been working on the postwar history of science and American foreign policy and hope to publish a text (tentatively titled Not Above the Fray: Science and American Foreign Relations since 1945) within a few years.


  • John G. Whitesides, “Better Diplomacy, Better Science,” China Economic Review 22 (Oct  2011):28-29.
  • "Religion, Genetics, and the Evolving American Experiment with Bioethics," Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology 3 (Summer 2009): 7-32.
  •  Genes, Minds and Selves: Manufacturing American Science and Spirituality.           Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag, 2008.
  • “Biomedicine,” Research and Discovery: Landmarks and Pioneers in American Science. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2007. Also: “Cytology,” “Deism,” “Evolution,” “Genetics,” “Human Genome,” “Molecular Biology.”
  • “Zhores K. Alferov,” Nobel Prize Winners Encyclopedia. New York: Salem Press, 2006.  Also: “Alan G. MacDiarmid,” “Alan J. Heeger,” “Jack S. Kilby,” “Herbert Kroemer,” “Hideki Shirakawa.”
  • “Bioethics,” Dictionary of American History, 3rd ed. New York:Scribner’s Press, 2003.  Also: “Euthanasia,” “Genetic Engineering,” “Genetics,” “Persian Gulf Syndrome”
  •  Review of Matthew Scully, “Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy,” in Science and Public Policy 30 (Feb. 2003): 67-68.
  •  Review of Tom Koch, “Scarce Goods: Justice, Fairness and Organ Transplantation,” in Science and Public Policy 29 (June 2002): 236-37. 
  •  Review of Mikael Stenmark, “Scientism: Science, Ethics and Religion,” in CTNS Bulletin 21 (Win 2001): 30-32.
​At CU Denver's Auraria Campus​​
  • Anxiety & Affluence: US since 1929 (HIST 4219/52​)
  • Globalization since 1945 (HIST 4032/5032)
  • Introduction to Asian History (HIST 3470/5470)
  • Modern Chinese History (HIST 4421/5421)
  • Modern Middle East History (HIST 4461/5461)
  • Readings in Twentieth Century History (HIST 6931)
  • Readings in Environmental History (HIST 6931)
  • Science, Technology & Society (HIST 3606/5606)
  • Seminar on the Cold War (HIST 6100)
  • United States History since 1865 (HIST 1362)
  • United States History to 1865 (HIST 1361)
  • United States Foreign Policy since 1912 (HIST 4220/5220)
  • The 1950s: The Korean War and Cold War (HIST 4472/5472)
  • The Vietnam War (HIST 4475/5475)
  • Topics in Contemporary Asian History (HIST 3810)

​ Taught at the International College in Beijing, China

  • World at War (HIST 3121)
  • World History since 1500 (HIST 1026)
  • World History to 1500 (HIST 1016)


Summer 2014: Interim Break (5/12/14-6/8/14) then by appointment only.  Please email: john.whitesides@ucdenver.edu​.