Dr Timothy Hickman

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Tim Hickman is a cultural historian whose research is in the literary and visual culture of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is interested particularly in the social and political outcomes of contrasting constructions of 'modernity' between 1870 and 1920. An important element of that culture was the formulation of the concept of (drug) addiction and the medico-legal policies formulated to remedy the condition. This latter interest has led to further publications that examine drug laws and drug culture in more recent American society. All of his work demonstrates a special interest in the construction of race, class and gender difference in the United States.

“We belt the world”: Dr. Leslie E. Keeley’s “gold cure” and the medicalization of addiction in 1890s London
Hickman, T. 15/08/2021 In: Bulletin of the History of Medicine. 95, 2, p. 198-226. 29 p.
Journal article

Keeping secrets: Leslie E. Keeley, the Gold Cure and the Nineteenth-Century Brain Science of Addiction
Hickman, T.A. 1/09/2018 In: Addiction. 113, 9, p. 1739-1749. 11 p.
Journal article

A Chicago architect in King Arthur's court: Mark Twain, Daniel Burnham, and the modernity of gilded-age imperialism
Hickman, T. 1/02/2014 In: Journal of American Studies. 48, 1, p. 99-126. 28 p.
Journal article

Target America: visual culture, neuroimaging and the “hijacked brain” theory of addiction
Hickman, T. 1/02/2014 In: Past and Present. 222, Suppl. 9, p. 207-226. 20 p.
Journal article

Modernity and Anti-Modernity: Drug Policy and Political Culture in the United States and Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Hickman, T., Courtwright, D. 2011 In: Drugs and Culture. London : Ashgate p. 213-224. 12 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Why Strict Drug Laws Work (And Why They Do Not)
Hickman, T. 10/2010 In: Amsterdam Law Forum. 2, 4, 5 p.

Gendering Modernity: Frances E. Willard’s Politics of Technological Sentimentality
Hickman, T. 2010 In: Becoming Visible. Amsterdam : Rodopi p. 285-305. 21 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Drugs and the Fashion Industry: International
Hickman, T. 2008 In: Encyclopaedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behaviour. Gale/Cengage 2 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

'The Secret Leprosy of Modern Days': Narcotic Addiction and Cultural Crisis in the United States, 1870-1920.
Hickman, T.A. 2007 Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Press. 190 p. ISBN: 978-1-55849-566-1.

History and the future of psychoactive substances
Hickman, T., Berridge, V. 2006 In: Drugs and the future: brain science, addiction and society. Amsterdam; London : Elsevier/Academic Press p. 467-484. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

'Mania Americana': narcotic addiction and modernity in the United States, 1870-1920.
Hickman, T.A. 1/03/2004 In: Journal of American History. 90, 4, p. 1269-1294. 26 p.
Journal article

The double meaning of addiction: Habitual narcotic use and the logic of professionalizing medical authority in the United States, 1900-1920.
Hickman, T.A. 2004 In: Altering American Consciousness. Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Press 182 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Heroin chic: the visual culture of narcotic addiction.
Hickman, T.A. 1/06/2002 In: Third Text. 16, 2, p. 119-36. 84 p.
Journal article

Drugs and Race in American Culture: Orientalism in the Turn-of-the-Century Discourse of Narcotic Addiction.
Hickman, T.A. 03/2000 In: American Studies . 41, 1, p. 71-91. 21 p.
Journal article