Associate Professor and Editor-in-Chief, Technology and Culture
B.S. Auburn University, Department of Computer Engineering, 1984
M.S. Duke University, Department of Electrical Engineering, 1986
M.A. Cornell University, Department of Science and Technology Studies, 1996
Ph.D. Cornell University Department of Science and Technology Studies, 2000
My research centers on the history, culture, and politics of technology in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. I aim to contribute to the expansion of the geographic reach of the history of technology beyond Europe and North America. I am particularly interested in the history of international development as it intersects with the history of technology. My recent work explores the history of industrialization in late twentieth century Indonesia, exploring the ways that intersecting global and local practices and narratives of technology, justice, and equity shaped the profound transformation of Indonesian society from 1950 to the present. Recent articles have explored technology and identity formation in Indonesia in the 1960s and 1970s, and the circulation of technical experts under the auspices of the United Nations during the early years of post-war international development work.
As Editor-in-Chief of Technology and Culture, the journal for the Society for the History of Technology, it is my responsibility to uphold its 52-year tradition of excellence in the publication of groundbreaking scholarship on the history of technology. As editor my priorities are to continue to expand the intellectual breadth of the journal, including the global scope of its subject matter, and to seek timely scholarship that uses history to shed light on both contemporary issues and long-standing questions about the role of technology in human existence.