Mr. Michael Durfee

Mr. Michael Durfee

Office Location:
Timon Hall, Room 132


Current Research:

Michael Durfee is currently writing his dissertation under the advisement of drug historian Dr. David Herzberg.  His work analyzes the dynamics of Crack Era reform from 1985 to 1992, loosely constructed, with an emphasis upon the role of grassroots activism preceding passage of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.  Additionally, he currently serves as Contributing Editor to Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.

  • Presenter, “The Devil and Len Bias: Race, Class, and Drug Reform in the Crack Era,” at SUNY Buffalo Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, SUNY Buffalo, March 2009.


  • Conference Coordinator, Presenter, “The Devil and Len Bias: The Cultural Mechanics of the 1986 Crack Panic,” at the 6th International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs, The Pub, The Street, and the Medicine Cabinet, sponsored by the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Buffalo, NY, June 25, 2011.


  • Presenter, “Taking Back the Streets of America:  Black-lash and the Origins of Crack Era Reform,” at the 6th Biennial Urban History Association Conference, The Cosmopolitan Metropolis, New York City, NY, October 27, 2012.


Educational Background:

Ph.D. Candidate, History, SUNY Buffalo, A.B.D. 2011

M.A. History, SUNY Buffalo, 2010

M.A. Teaching, Lewis and Clark College, 2007

B.A. History, SUNY Buffalo, 2006


Current Involvement:

  • American Historical Association
  • Urban History Association
  • Alcohol and Drugs History Society
  • Contributing Editor – Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society