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Awards and Honors
Excellence in Graduate Advising Award. College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. 2012
XCaliber Award for Excellence in Technology-Assisted Teaching and Learning. Awarded by the Center for Innovation in Learning, Virginia Tech. 2007.
XCaliber Certificate of Excellence for Exemplary Work by a Team in Teaching with Technology. Awarded by the Center for Innovation in Learning, Virginia Tech. 2005.
Taming the Troublesome Child: American Families, Child Guidance, and the Limits of Psychiatric Authority. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999; paperback edition, 2002).
Amerika no jido sodan no rekishi : jido fukushi kara jido seishin igaku eno tenkai. (Japanese translation of Taming the Troublesome Child). Trans. Yoshiro Ono (Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 2005).
“Demographic Catastrophe – What Happened to the Native Population after 1492?” and “How Will Historians Remember Richard Nixon?” in Digital History Reader (funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities), 2006. http://www.dhr.history.vt.edu
“The Thirty-Third Victim: Representations of Seung Hui Cho in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Massacre’” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 2 (Winter 2009): 64-82.
“When a Young Woman Dies: Gender, Youth, and Suicide in the Jazz Age,” in Death and Dying: Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives. Asa Kasher, ed. (London: Rodopi Press, 2007): 135-152.
“A Sound Mind for the Child’s Body: The Mental Health of American Children and Youth,” in Children and Youth in Sickness and Health; A Historical Handbook and Guide. Janet Golden, Richard Meckel, and Heather Prescott, eds. (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004), 43-66.
“Education for Children with Mental Retardation: Parent Activism, Public Policy, and Family Ideology in the 1950s,” in Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader. Steven Noll and James W. Trent, Jr., eds. (New York: New York University Press, 2004), 322-350.
National Humanities Center Fellow, 2007-2008. ($38,000).
Bordin/Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship from the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan ($1000).
National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine Publication Grant, 1993-1994 ($37,426).
Current Research: historical issues relating to the current restructuring of the American electric utility system; Professor Hirsh notes that his work is very policy oriented.
U.S. Women's History
History of Medicine
History of Childhood
History of Psychiatry
ASPECT Faculty Affiliate
Director of Graduate Studies in History
Bulletin Executive Editor, Society for the History of Children and Youth, 2002-2011
Editorial Board, Social Science History, 1996-2001