David L Seim

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Stout
Social Sciences Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 445D Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-1406
Email: seimd@uwstout.edu
Personal website: www.routledge.com/products/9781138662209

Brief Biography

I was born in Boston in the fall. Since then, I had great good fortune to be drawn into history of social science by a series of wonderful advisors, both informally and formally - thank you to John Muth, Arlen W. Langvardt, Cass Sunstein, J. Ron Stanfield, David B. Wilson, and Hamilton Cravens. I owe to each of you my ongoing effort to serve the best that historians of social science can achieve for all humankind.

Teaching Interests: I suppose my teaching philosophy is this: that everyone of us, students and myself, have more potential in us than we yet recognize, or perhaps can even begin to believe. This supposition is why I teach. I teach in the hope that each student - even if they might not immediately know it - may find their life is made more meaningful through some idea that came through engagement with my course. I hope as well to contribute to raising our collective critical engagement with the greatest experiment in the history of social science: that we give from each according to his or her ability, to all of us in our shared experience in self-government.


Current Responsibilities: Hist-210, Modern World History; Hist-240, History and Politics of Africa; Hist-390, History of Science & Technology; Hist-391, History of Social Science & Race; Hist-392, History of Mad Science; Pols-250, History of Race, Politics, and Technology; Pols-260, Problems of U.S. Foreign Policy; Educ-211, Fab Lab & Society; Hist-120, Early U.S. History; Hist-121, Modern U.S. History. I have taught numerous other courses as well over the last ten years - please feel welcome to ask me about these.

Office Hours

Day Time
Mo We Fr 12:15 - 3:15


    • Ph D History of Technology and Science
      Iowa State University
      Ames, IA, United States, 2007
    • MA History
      Iowa State University
      Ames, IA, United States, 2001
    • MA History of Economics
      Colorado State University
      Fort Collins, CO, United States, 1996
    • AM Social Sciences
      University of Chicago
      Chicago, IL, United States, 1992
    • BS Business Administration
      Indiana University
      Bloomington, IN, United States, 1988

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin - Stout
        Associate Professor
        2014 -
      • University of Wisconsin - Stout
        Assistant Professor
        2009 - 2014
      • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        2008 - 2009
      • Texas A&M University - College Station
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        2007 - 2008
      • Simpson College - Indianola, IA
        Adjunct Professor
        2003 - 2008
      • Iowa State University
        Teaching Assistant & Lecturer
        2000 - 2006

Intellectual Contributions


    • Seim, D. (2015). Spirit in the Machine: Readings in the History of Social Science. , San Diego: Cognella. .
    • Seim, D. (2013). Rockefeller Philanthropy and Modern Social Science. , London: Pickering & Chatto (Second printing, Paperback: New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis).

    Journal Article

    • Seim, D. (2015). "Letter to the Editor". American Historical Review, 120(1), 393-4.
    • Seim, D. (2012). "Teaching History of Science and Technology at a Polytechnic Institution". ASQ-STEM Conference Proceedings, online.
    • Seim, D. (2011). “F.Y. Edgeworth” (pp. 390-1), “J.F.W. Herschel” (pp. 519-21), “W.S. Jevons” (pp. 583-5), “J.M. Keynes” (pp. 592-3), “T.R. Malthus” (pp. 660-2), “Norman Pogson” (pp. 800-1), “Adam Smith” (pp. 997-1000), “James Sully” (pp. 1047-9). Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories, New York.
    • Seim, D. (2011). "Review of Thomas Stapleford, The Cost of Living in America: A Political History of Economic Statistics, 1880-2000". Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.
    • Seim, D. (2008). "The Butter-Margarine Controversy and 'Two Cultures' at Iowa State College". The Annals of Iowa 67(1), 1-50.
    • Seim, D. (2007). "Economy and Technology: Lake Huron". The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, Indanapolis, IN: Indiana University Press.

    Book, Chapter

    • Seim, D. (2012). "Objectivity vs. Advocacy: Newspaper Rhetoric during the ‘Bemis Affair’ and the ‘Oleomargarine Controversy’". , 335-344, Ames, IA.



    • Seim, D. (January, 2015). Various titles of presentations, papers, panels since Jan. 2015. ,
    • Seim, D. (September 17, 2013). "Commentary on Educational Leadership". Northern Great Plains History Conference, Hudson, WI, United States.
    • Seim, D. (July 17, 2012). "Teaching History of Science and Technology at a Polytechnic Institution". ASQ-STEM Conference, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Seim, D. (June 1, 2012). "Objectivity vs. Advocacy: Newspaper Rhetoric during the ‘Bemis Affair’ and the ‘Oleomargarine Controversy'". Between Scientists & Citizens, Ames, IA, United States.
    • Seim, D. (October 14, 2011). "To the ‘Furthest Point’ or to ‘Eat the Rope’? Polar Expeditions and Other Sciences within Recent ‘Historical Fiction'". Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Popular Culture Association, Milwaukee, WI, United States.
    • Seim, D. (June 15, 2011). "W. Stanley Jevons, Natural Resource Management, and Agricultural Data". , Springfield, IL, United States.
    • Seim, D. (March 31, 2011). "Rockefeller Philanthropy and the Development of the Social Sciences". Business History Society Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States.
    • Seim, D. (November 19, 2009). "The Terms ‘Evolution,’ ‘Evolved,’ and ‘Natural Selection’ in Anthropological Models, 1850s-1880s". Conference on 150 Years of Evolution, San Diego, CA, United States.
    • Seim, D. (October 06, 2009). "Theodore W. Schultz and the Butter-Margarine Controversy". T.W. Shultz, Nobel Prize Commemorative Symposium, Brookings, SD, United States.
    • Seim, D. (October 01, 2009). "Four Stages of Digital Computing – Looked at Through a Lens of the American Midwest". Mid-America Conference on History, Norman, OK, United States.
    • Seim, D. (June 19, 2008). "The Purnell Act as Capstone to the Rise of ‘Scientific’ Agricultural Economics". Agricultural History Society, Reno, NV, United States.
    • Seim, D. (April 13, 2007). "Rockefeller Philanthropy’s Division of Labor for Social Science, 1913-29". Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Ames, IA, United States.
    • Seim, D. (November 03, 2005). "The ‘Ames School’ of Economics, 1930-1950: A Group Approach to Innovating New Scientific Methods". , Portland, OR, United States.
    • Seim, D. (June 24, 2005). "The ‘Ames School’ of Economics and the ‘Oleomargarine Controversy". History of Economics Society,
    • Seim, D. (October 28, 2004). "From Jest War to Just War: Military Illustrations in Sixteenth-Century English Sermons". Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada.
    • Seim, D. (October 30, 2003). "‘The causes of plagues are playes’: Behavior Modification in Images of Natural Philosophy and Natural History in the Elizabethan Sermon". Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, United States.
    • Seim, D. (April 05, 2002). "Making Physical Anthropology a Science, 1920-1950: The Role of Mildred Trotter". Midwest Junto for the History of Science, IA, United States.
    • Seim, D. (July 5, 2001). "Measuring Stars: John Herschel, N.R. Pogson, and a History of Stellar Magnitude Scales". Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, South Bend, IN.
    • Seim, D. (April 14, 2000). "John F.W. Herschel and the Problem of the Eclipse of His Reputation". Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Kansas City, MO.
    • Seim, D. (February 4, 2000). "How Many Structures Do Scientific Papers Have?". Mephistos Graduate Student Conference, Norman, OK.

    Session Chair

    • Seim, D. (2014). "Commentary on Music in the Sciences". History of Science Society, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Seim, D. (June 22, 2014). "Commentary on History of Psychology". Cheiron: International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Frederic, MD, United States.


    • Seim, D. (June 27, 2013). "Focus Group – Teaching World History in the Digital Age". , Minneapolis, MN, United States.


    • Seim, D. (June 19, 2013). . National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning, Atlantic City, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research


    • Zagorski, K., & Seim, D. 2011) Curricular Incubation Grant: History and Politics of Africa. Sponsored by UW-Stout Curricular Incubation Center, $1759 (Funded).



      UW Stout

      • (September 2009 - Present)