Richard H. Beyler


Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator
History Department
Portland State University

Tel.: 503.725.3996
Fax: 503.725.3953
E-mail: r[dot]beyler[at]pdx[dot]edu

Drop-in office hours, winter term:  TuTh 13:00-13:45
(no appointment necessary, first-come first-served)
Otherwise by appointment

Mailing address:

History Department
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Office street address:
Cramer Hall 441-O
1721 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Information on the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in History and Philosophy of Science

Courses Academic Year 2013-14

Fall 2013

HST 387U. History of Modern Science - TuTh 10:00-11:50

HST 495/595. Empires of Knowledge (Comp. World Hist.) - M 17:30-21:00
Winter 2014

HST 300. The Historical Imagination - TuTh 14:00-15:50
HST 427. Science & Nazism (Top. Hist. Sci.) - TuTh 10:00-11:50
Spring 2014 - days/times to be announced

HST 427/527. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment

HST 458/558. Modern Germany

Information on Previous Courses

HST 405/505. Reading Colloquium in History of Science [Fall 2012]

HST 407/507. Seminar:
European Culture and Politics, 1918-39 [Fall 2010]
Science, Ideology, and the State in the 20th Century [Winter 2013]

HST 458/558. Modern Germany [Spring 2012]
HST 427/527. Topics in History of Science:
Darwin and Darwinism [Spring 2012]
The Einsteinian Revolution [Fall 2011]
Images of Nature and Systems of Belief [Winter 2003]
Science Fictions [Spring 2013]
Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment [Winter 2011]

UNST 236A. Revolution and Evolution in the Long 19th Century (Sophomore Inquiry: Interpreting the Past) [Winter 2012]


History of science research & reference resources
PSU home page
PSU History Department home page
PSU University Studies Program home page

Curriculum vitae
  • 2010-present, Professor of History, PSU
  • 2010-present, Faculty Senator, PSU
  • 2008-10, Chair, Graduate Council, PSU
  • 2004-2010, Associate Professor of History, PSU
  • 2002, Visiting Research Scholar, Commission for the History of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society in the National Socialist Era, Berlin
  • 1996-2004, Assistant Professor of History, PSU
  • 1995-96, Volkswagen Foundation Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC
  • 1994-95, Rathenau Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin
  • 1994, Ph.D., Harvard University (history of science)
  • 1987, B.A., Goshen College (history and mathematics)
Teaching fields
  • History of science
  • European intellectual history
  • 19th- and 20th-century German history
  • Comparative world history
Research fields
  • Scientific institutions in Weimar, National Socialist, and post-World War II Germany
  • Biophysics in the early 20th century
  • Cultural relations of modern physics

last updated January 2014