James H. Capshew received a B.A. (1979) in psychology from Indiana University, and an M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys adjunct appointments in the departments of History and of American Studies, and the School of Education.
Capshew has worked in the broad field of American science and learning with several foci of interest, including studies of academic psychology in social and institutional context, and the history and culture of higher education, including university leadership. Increasingly, the environmental humanities, including environmental history, are subjects of his research, teaching, and service. Current IU affiliations include the Integrated Program in the Environment and the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society.
Capshew served as Editor of History of Psychology, a research journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association, from 2005 to 2009. For the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (Scribners, 2007), he was on the advisory committee as well as subject editor for entries on psychology.