I will be away from UCSB in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Personal Statement:

I research and teach about the history of technology and science in the 20th century. For more information about me and my work, see my off-UCSB website which is also the home of my occasional blog, Leaping Robot. (Note: I’ve put the blog into hibernation until I finish my new book project)

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Current Projects:

I have several new projects underway. The main one is a new book for The MIT Press called Art Re-Wired. In it, I’m looking at several 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.

I like to connect my historical research to contemporary issues. In 2018, I’ll be helping organize a workshop in Silicon Valley around the question, “What’s at Stake in a 4th Industrial Revolution?” Our goal is to chart a more credible course between the technological hype focused on producing investment opportunities, and alarmist predictions about the disappearance of work as we know it. We would hope to encourage an interdisciplinary research agenda that will also stimulate awareness around issues involving labor, gender, and technological change.

Finally, I maintain an interest in a number of topics including: science and technology in the Cold War; the intersection of modern science with new technologies including computers and data handling; and the history of so-called “emerging technologies.”

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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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