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Simon Baatz
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Phone: 212-237-8823
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: History of American Science and Medicine; Legal history; History of the United States
"Simon Baatz studied physics at the University of York in Britain; but, after completing his degree, he decided he would rather be an historian than a scientist. Simon completed his MSc in the history of science at Imperial College at the University of London and then moved to the United States to study for a PhD in the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania.

He has taught at universities in Britain and the United States and has written books and articles on medicine and science in United States history. Simon grew up in London and has lived in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Frankfurt, Germany. He currently lives in New York City where he holds a joint appointment as an associate professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and at the Graduate Center, City University of New York."

Selected Publications

For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago (HarperCollins, 2008; paperback, 2009)

"Simon Baatz's For the Thrill of It is likely to be the definitive work on this infamous crime...It is impressive in its research, even-handed in its tone and immensely readable...Without falsely heightening the drama, Mr. Baatz keeps the reader entranced." Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Baatz...has done meticulous research, and he writes extremely well. As a result he brings to vivid life the major characters. ...[A] page-turner of a book...Simon Baatz's book on the Leopold and Loeb case is the best we'll have for a long, long time."  New York Times

Knowledge, Culture, and Science in the Metropolis: The New York Academy of Sciences, 1817-1970 (New York, 1990)

‘Venerate the Plough’: A History of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture, 1785-1985 (Philadelphia, 1985)