I am a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe (focusing on Britain). I study how connections between national prestige, labor, and productivity define collective understandings of technological progress, and how that relates to social progress. I am particularly interested in the global history of computing.
My current book project looks at why the proportion of women computer operators and programmers declined as electronic computing matured in the UK, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning postwar superpower.
I am currently an assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. I've also taught at North Carolina State University, and at Duke University--where I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Before that, I got my undergraduate degree at Harvard University and also worked as a UNIX systems administrator for Harvard's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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Interested in taking my courses? Take a look at the syllabi page for more info on the history, STS, and digital humanities courses that I teach.