Dr. Eric G. Swedin

Professor of History 


Office -Social Science 250  and Davis D2-137L
Phone – 801-395-3553          
Fax - 801-626-7613   
Email -  
Course Page -  http://faculty.weber.edu/eswedin/     

Research and Teaching Areas
:  History of Science, History of Technology, History of Medicine, 20th Century

Degrees: B.A. Weber State University (1988), M.S., Utah State University (1991), Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University (1996)


  • IST SS1100 The Digital Society
  • HIST 1700 American Civilization
  • HIST 3350 History and Philosophy of Science
  • HIST 4510 Twentieth Century World
  • HIST 4990 Senior Seminar


  • Seeking Valhalla: A Science Fiction Novel (Borgo Press, an imprint of Wildside Press, 2013).
  • Fragments of Me: A Science Fiction Novel (Borgo Press, an imprint of Wildside Press, 2012).
  • Bingham Canyon Doctor: The Life and Legacy of Paul S. Richards (University of Utah School of Medicine, 2012)
  • Anasazi Exile: A Science Fiction Novel (Borgo Press, an imprint of Wildside Press, 2012).
  • With David L. Ferro, editors.  Science Fiction and Computing: Essays on Interlinked Domains (McFarland, 2011).
  • Editor.  Survive the Bomb: The Radioactive Citizen's Guide to Nuclear Survival (Zenith Books, 2011).
  • When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Potomac Books, 2010).  Won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History.
  • With David L. Ferro.  Computers: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Press, 2005).  Reissued as a paperback by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2007.
  • Science in the Contemporary World: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2005).
  • The Killing of Greybird: A Novel (Cedar Fort, 2004).
  • Healing Souls: Psychotherapy in the Latter-day Saint Community (University of Illinois Press, 2003). 

Selected Articles and Essays:

  • “Safety Lessons: The 1938 Burgon’s Crossing School Bus and Train Accident.”  Utah Historical Quarterly 81:2 (Spring 2013), 159-168. 
  • “The Ultimate What-If of the Cuban Missile Crisis: What If There Had Been a Nuclear War?” History News Network, November 12, 2012. 
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  • "Why OS/2 Failed: Business Mistakes Compounded by Memory Prices,” Mountain Plains Journal of Business and Economics 10 (2009), 28-37.
  • "Thiokol in Utah," Utah Historical Quarterly 75:1 (Winter 2007), 64-78.
  • “Designing Babies: A Eugenics Race with China?” The Futurist 40:3 (May-June 2006), 18-21.
  • "The History of Computer Hacking Reveals Benevolent Origins," Standard-Examiner, May 31, 2004, page 11A.
  • "Bingham Canyon Physician: Paul Snelgrove Richards, 1892-1958," Utah Historical Quarterly 69:1 (Winter 2001): 60-68.
  • "Psychotherapy in the LDS Community," AMCAP Journal 25:1 (Fall 2000): 27-39.
  • "We're Witnessing Our Own 20th-century Renaissance," Ogden Standard-Examiner, May 12, 1999, page 11A.
  • "Integrating the Modern Psychologies and Religion: Allen E. Bergin and the Latter-day Saint Example," Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 35:2 (Spring 1999): 157-176.
  • "'One Flesh:' A Historical Overview of Latter-day Saint Sexuality and Psychology," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 31:4 (Winter 1998), 1-29.  Won the 1998 Dialogue History and Biography Award.
  • "Perry Prevails: The Battle of Lake Erie," Military History (web edition), April, 1997.
  • "The Swett Homestead: 1909-1970," Utah Historical Quarterly 62:2 (Spring 1994): 132-148.