Personal Statement:

I research, talk, and teach about the history of technology and science in the 20th century. 

 

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Current Projects:

I have several new projects underway. The main one is a new book for The MIT Press that looks at art-technology collaborations during the 1960s-90s with the focus being the activities and experiences of the engineers and scientists who paired up with artists. Connected to this, I have a courtesy appointment with UCSB’s Media Arts and Technology program. This book will appear in mid-2020.

I like to connect my historical research to contemporary issues associated with technology and science, including debates about the “future of work,” automation, and predictions of a “4th Industrial Revolution.”

Finally, I maintain an interest in a number of topics including: science and technology in the Cold War; how scientists adopted new technologies including computers and data handling; the history of “emerging technologies”; and the broader intersection of technology, science, and popular culture in the 1960s and 1970s.

Selected Publications:

Books:

  • Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture is coming out in 2020 with The MIT Press). It explores collaborations between engineers and artists from the 1960s onward. It shows how the categories of art and technology (and artist vs. engineer) have blurred, changed, and transformed over the past half-century.

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Courses Taught:

My research informs my teaching. I offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including:

  • Science and the Modern World (History 20)
  • The Atomic Age (History 105A)
  • Machines, People, and Politics: Histories of Modern Technologies (History 109T)

In addition, I teach some more specialized small-enrollment undergraduate courses as well as graduate readings and research seminars.

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