SIGCIS Members Directory

This directory contains information supplied by members of SIGCIS, the leading international group for historians with an interest in the history of information technology and its applications. It is the Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society of the Society for the History of Technology. If you would like to join this group, participate in its e-mail discussion list, or have your details added to this directory, then please visit our Join SIGCIS page.

Nancy Anderson

Janet Abbate
Assistant Professor, Science and Technology in Society
Virginia Tech

Janet Abbate's interests are Internet history, women in computing, and IT policy.

Amelia Acker
PhD Student
University of California, Los Angeles
Mobile computing

Mobile computing, electronic records, digital archives

Colin Agur
Postdoctoral Researcher
Yale University

History of telegraph, telephone, and computer networks; India; telecommunications policy

Christine Aicardi
Wellcome Library research fellow
Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL (London)

I am interested in contemporary history and cultural sociology, where 'cultural' relies to a large extent on computers. Before I came to Science & Technology Studies as a mature student, I spent many years working in the IT industry at large, briefly as an analyst-programmer on a CAD (Computer Aided Design) project, then as a sales engineer specialized in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for the late Computervision Inc., and finally as major account manager for a large telecommunications company (France Telecom).

Marc Aidinoff

Atsushi Akera
Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Social and institutional history of the Cold War

Atsushi Akera is a Historian of Technology and Assistant Professor in the STS Department at Rensselaer. His primary research focus is on the social and institutional history of the Cold War. His recent publication, "Calculating a Natural World: Computers, Scientists and Engineers During the Rise of US Cold War Research" is probably the work of greatest interest to this audience. In it, he uses the history of computing as a metonymic device by which to describe broad-based changes in the US infrastructure for scientific and engineering research. His current interests include theoretical work on the concept of an "ecology of knowledge" ("Constructing a Representation for an Ecology of Knowledge," Social Studies of Science 37/3 (2007): 413-441; see also for more current work), as well as a new historical book project on postwar reforms in engineering education. Dr. Akera received his Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania in August of 1998. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked as a foreign technology analyst for the US computer research consortium, Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, TX.

Sreejith Alathur

Gerard Alberts
Informatics Institute
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The history of software and the history of computing in The Netherlands

Gerard Alberts is the head of the Program in the History of Computing, Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, and teaches the History of Computing and the History of Mathematics at this university. His key research interests are the history of software and the history of computing in The Netherlands. His expertise in history of software ranges from the prehistory in numerical analysis to software engineering. He maintains a keen interest in history of professionalization and in the meta-historical question of software as archival and museum object.

His current projects include the preparation of a biography of Aad van Wijngaarden, founding father of Computer Science in The Netherlands, best known for his authorship of ALGOL 68. Further work is on the sounds of computers in the 1950's. Gerard Alberts and Huub de Beer are writing a textbook on Dutch computer pioneers in the 1950s.

SOFT-EU: Gerard Alberts is project leader of Software for Europe, a collaborative research project composed of 11 national participating projects within European Science Foundation's program "Inventing Europe".

Stephanie Alford
Membership Manager
Computer History Museum
Women in Computer

Women in computing

Warren Allen
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Social Informatics

Kera Allen
PhD Student
Georgia Institute of Technology
history of computing

Gender and race in computing history, history of video games and personal computers, history of computer languages, and early transitions from cryptography and missile ballistics to computing

David K. Allison
Chairman, Division of Information Technology & Communications
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
The history of invention and enterprise

David Allison is Chairman of the Division of Information Technology and Communications at the National Museum of American History. The 12-member staff of the division manages collections and exhibitions in the areas of communications, computing, mathematics, photography, printing, graphic arts, numismatics, and electricity.

David has a strong interest in exhibitions, and is currently project director for American Enterprise an exhibition being planned for opening in 2011. The 14,000 sq. ft. display will survey the history of American business and industry, including the information industry, from the late colonial period to the present. In the past, he was project director and lead curator for The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, an 18,000 square foot exhibition on the history of the American military from the 18th century to the present. It opened in 2004. Formerly he curated: September 11, 2001: Bearing Witness to History, Deep Blue, Digilab: a Digital Imaging Laboratory, Behind the Lines: The Universal Product Code at 25, and Information Age: People, Information and Technology.

His publications include: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War (exhibition catalog), "Preserving Software in History Museums: A Material Culture Approach," in Ulf Hashagen, et. al., eds., History of Computing: Software Issues (Berlin: Springer, 2002); "Universal Product Code in Perspective: Context for a Revolution," in Alan L. Haberman, ed. Twenty-Five Years behind Bars. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001); The ENIAC," in Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society 63 (December 1999); "Archives of Data Processing: The National Museum of American History" in Archives of Data Processing History (New York: Greenwood Press, 1990); and New Eye for the Navy: The Origin of Radar at the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington: GPO, 1981).

Mohamed Almubarak
PhD Candidate
London Consortium
Software Studies, Databases, History of Computing, Cultural Studies

My research interests revolves around the culture of information and the ubiquity of the of the activities of collection, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information in contemporary society.

Other interests include history of computing in general and software in particular.

Meryl Alper
Ph.D. Student
Northeastern University
Domestic technologies, children and media, history of child-computer interaction, disability and technology

Morgan Ames
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
University of California, Irvine

Cultural Studies and Cultural History of Technology, Anthropology of Technology, Sociology of Technology

Mike Ananny

Peter Anders
Computer and Software History

David Anderson
The History of Computing Group
University of Portsmouth (U.K.)

David Anderson is interested in the period 1936-1954. His current preoccupation is the life and work of the topologist and early pioneer of computing M.H.A. Newman. Anderson is engaged at present on the task of digitising Newman's papers and making them available on-line. This is a joint project between St. John's College, Cambridge and the University of Portsmouth. He recently completed a two volume work entitled "The pioneers of computing" with the co-operation of the Science Museum, London who are trying to arrange a suitable publisher.

William Anderson
Web and Software Development/Management

Human interactions with computers in context of social and cultural constructs. Computer history, Web/Internet History, Software History.

Discovered SIGCIS when i was followed by the twitter account.
Find me at @thewaanderson

Steve Anderson
Associate Professor
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Media, technology, culture

Working on a project about the representation of computation in commercial media

Steve Anderson
Graduate Student
UC Riverside
History of Postwar Computing

I am a PhD candidate at UC Riverside, studying 20th Century American History. My dissertation research focuses on mainframe computers and the processing of paperwork in the postwar era. I am also a member of SHOT, which is how I came to SIGCIS.

Jim Anderson
System Analyst
Collecting things such as stamps, badges, postcards, pens etc.

Collecting things such as stamps, badges, postcards, pens etc.

karen anderson

Tara Andrews
Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities
Universität Bern

Computational analysis in humanities research, formalisation and modelling of humanistic research questions and data, historical knowledge representation.

Javier Arbona
Assistant Professor
UC Davis, American Studies
American Studies and Design

Spaces of memory and memorialization; World War II memory; notions of time and temporality; design and online culture; architecture, space, and urbanism; network infrastructures and surveillance; cartographic representations; walking practices; social space.

Hillel Arnold

Christopher Arroyo

Stefan Artmann
Assistant professor (Privatdozent)
Friedrich-Schiller-University, Frege Centre for Structural Science & Institute of Philosophy
Philosophy of information and computing

Philosophy of information and computing:
Fundamental issues in the transmission, processing, and storage of information

Philosophy of science and technology:
Historical epistemology of structural sciences such as information theory, semiotics, decision theory, cybernetics, computer science, artificial life, and artificial intelligence

William Aspray
Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technologies
School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Bill Aspray has written in the past on traditional issues related to the history of computing, including John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing, Computer: A History of the Information Machine (2nd ed., with Martin Campbell-Kelly), and The Internet and American Business (ed. with Paul Ceruzzi). Current research includes the history of privacy in America, the historical study of information in everyday American life, the history of digital media, and the history of information science. He is also conducting non-historical research on the information workforce, health informatics, and other issues related to the social and political study of information and information technology. He is the editor of the MIT Press Series in the History of Computing.

Troy Astarte
Doctoral student
Newcastle University
History of theoretical and formal aspects of computing

Isabelle Astic
Musee des arts et metiers, Le Cnam
computer history

Martin Atchison
Senior lecturer
Monash University
Development of the Information Systems discipline and its curriculum

Many and varied, but currently mainly on curriculum and the effects of market forces in shaping them and the disciplines from which they derive.

Paul Atkinson
Subject Leader, 3D Design
University of Huddersfield
Design History of Computers

I am interested in the designed form of the computer and how this has changed over time. My concern is with the design of computers and their consumption by users in a social context, as oppose dto the technical aspects of computing.

Paul Atkinson
Reader in Design
Sheffield Hallam University
Design History

Social and Cultural histories of personal and mobile computing

Phillip Aumann
Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte / Deutsches Museum, Munich
History of cybernetics in Germany since World War II

Phillip Aumann is interested in the emergence of cybernetics as an academic discipline in the fields of biological and technical cybernetics - as a special form of Computer Science. He is also interested in the interaction of cybernetic scientists and the public sphere, arguing that Cybernetics profited enormously from social expectations about automation, artificial intelligence.

Marguerite Avery
Senior Acquisitions Editor
The MIT Press
history of computing

all facets of history of computing

Hicham Awad

Jonathan Aylen
Senior Lecturer
Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester
Development of computer hardware and software 1945 to 1970

Jonathan Aylen is a founder director of Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and head of the Technology and Innovation Management subject group within Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester, England.

He began his career as an economist where he learned to write FORTRAN to run programmes on an ICL mainframe computer. He has published papers on the history of process control computers and on steel technology as well as recent papers on econometrics and on forecasting wildfires!

Ayhan Aytes

Ekaterina Babintseva
graduate student
University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science
Cybernetics, Cold War, history of computing, Artificial intelligence, cognitive science, mathematical models in biology

Studies in computing, biology, cognitive science, and social science conducted under the umbrella of cybernetics in mid 20th century in the United States, France, and the Soviet Union.

Charlie Bachman
Bachman Information System, Inc.
Database Management Systems and Data Modeling

anne ball

Felipe Bañados

Neil Barton
Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Metropolitan History
Institute of Historical Research, Unversity of London
19c Telecommunications

Neil Barton is presently researching the telegraph in London to incorporate within the publication of his dissertation "The Construction of the Network Society: The Evolution of the Electric Telegraph 1837-1869". In his first career, from which he retired in 1981, Neil designed and implemented management information systems on a wide range of mainframe platforms eventually becoming Controller of Large Systems, International Computers Ltd (ICL). In his second career he was the managing director in Merrill Lynch for most of the 1980s and 1990s responsible for all the European research of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications. Neil's academic background is in (chronologically) Information Systems, Scots Commercial Law, Accountancy, Sociology of Technology, and History of Technology while research interests are The Information Society, the History of Telecommunications, and Cities & Technology.

Jo Bates

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo
Professor of Business History and Bank Management
Bangor Business School, Bangor University (Wales)
Automation of banking

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo is currently involved in a research project, funded by the British Academy,it deals with the business and technological histories of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in the UK, 1967-2005. This involves archival material as well as patents and oral histories. The ATM is a neglected area of study in the UK and hence a running comparison with developments in the US will be made. Inspired in the Resource Based View of the Firm as well as the work of JoAnne Yates, the project looks at how the ATM moved from being a unique resource and a source of competitive advantage to a threshold resource in retail financial services. Outcomes are expected to shed light on the evolution of financial information for command and control of banks and building societies as well as the emergence of multi-channel delivery strategies.

Matthew Battles
associate director, metaLAB at Harvard
Berkman Center for Internet and Society

cultural dimensions of computing; environmental history; technology & the natural world in human experience; cultures of data

morten bay
Internet history

Chet Beaudry

Luisa Beck
History of Technology

Collaboration, History of Technology.
I'm a radio journalist who wants to communicate ideas in technology, history and design to broader audiences. I'm also a researcher part-time and I want to convey ideas from academia to general audiences.

Oliver Belcher
Durham University
History of computation in the Vietnam War; Computational Mapping

Arriel Benis
Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence

Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining and Text Mining, Knowledge Discovery and Machine Learning

Edward Benoit, III
PhD Student
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Digital Collections

Although my primary area of research focuses on information retrieval and policy, my background is in American cultural history. In the past I researched the impact of science and technology as progress at the 1893 and 1933 World's Fairs, and the history of failed technologies.

Andrew Berger
Digital Archivist
Computer History Museum

Charles Berret
PhD Candidate
Columbia University

David Berry
University of Sussex

Digital technology, computation, algorithms, software, code, digital humanities, philosophy.

Kyle Bickoff
PhD Student
University of Maryland
Born-digital preservation and content analysis

Rafael Bienia
Phd candidate
Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Game Studies

Ashley Blewer
University of South Carolina
Information Science

Information science, early web, visual chat systems, early avatar-based chat systems.

Laurent Bloch
IFAS (French Institute for Strategy Analysis)

Cyberstrategy, Operating Systems, Programming, History of Computing

julie blusse

Tilly Blyth
Curator of Computing and Information
Science Museum, London
History of Computing

Alex Bochannek
Curator & Senior Manager
Computer History Museum
Technologies, geographies, and applications outside the dominant narrative.

Alex Bochannek is Curator & Senior Manager at the Computer History Museum. He joined the staff in 2007 following a decade of volunteer work with the Museum. He investigates the complex changes in technology, business, culture, and society related to computing. This includes areas as diverse as the computing developments outside the United States, especially in Germany and the former Soviet Union, the histories of analog and non-electronic computing, military, financial, and business applications, and theoretical computer science.

He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society, the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS) and the Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte (GTG).

Britt Bolen

stephanie boluk
assistant professor
UC Davis
videogames, media studies

Magnus Boman
Foresight, digital traces, analog culture

Barbara Bonhage
ETH Zurich, Institut für Geschichte, Technikgeschichte, Auf der Mauer 2 (ADM 2), 8092 Zurich

Barbara Bonhage is currently involved in a research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, called "Financial and Supermarkets Online". Bonhage is in charge of the financial part: On the basis of empirical data, gathered merely in business archives - most of it banks - she is trying to find out about the relation between social and technological change since 1960. There has been a fast change in everybody's everyday dealing with financial instruments and services. The change of the consumer society is heavily interlinked with technological change in the banking sector. The work treats these interdependencies.

Geoffrey Bowker

Geoffrey C. Bowker is Executive Director, Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University. He has written with Leigh Star a book on the history and sociology of medical classifications (Sorting Things Out: Classification and Practice - published by MIT Press in September 1999). This book looks at the classification of nursing work, diseases, viruses and race. His recent book, entitled Memory Practices in the Sciences about formal and informal recordkeeping in science over the past two hundred years, which includes extensive discussion of biodiversity informatics, was published by MIT Press in February 2006. Both books draw extensively on the history of computing, concentrating on the relationship between work practice and information practice. He has worked on the history of cybernetics. A current project, with Paul Edwards and Steve Jackson at Michigan is to find lessons for the development of cyberinfrastructure from the development of large scale information and other infrastructures in the past. More information, including a number of publications can be found at his website:

Kathleen Brennan
PhD Candidate
University of Hawaii at Manoa
digital media

Samantha Breslin
PhD Candidate
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Anthropology and Computing

My research focuses on the making of computer scientists in Singapore. That is, how are computer scientists constituted as social and technical persons through undergraduate computer science education. My research explores the the performance and silences of gender in relation to computing; transnational flows of computing students, professors, curriculums, and practices; and the local and national context of computing in Singapore.

David Brock
Senior Research Fellow
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Semiconductor Technology

Semiconductor electronics

Andre Brock
Information Studies

Judith Brown
Ph D candidate
Carleton University
interaction design, methodologies, methods, processes

I am completing my dissertation in Psychology and am studying "Interaction Designer to Software Developer interactions through design artifacts" I am a psychologist and I am mainly interested in the field of human-computer interaction. I was a software engineering professor for 15 years and a developer for 5 years. I am interested in cultural-historical psychology so I am interested in how software development has changed over time.

Janet Browne
Harvard University
history of biology

History of computing

Paul Broyles
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies
North Carolina State University
Literature and Digital Humanities

Gregory Bufithis
The Project Counsel Group
All fields of informatics

Primarily legal informatics but currently I am a neuroscience student (a late bloomer) and that has taken me into all sorts of information technology.

Iris Bull
PhD Student; Associate Instructor
Indiana University

I study virtual worlds, game simulations, and online communities through the lens of communication, using text analysis, discourse analysis, and participant observation as my primary methodologies. My previously published work studied gender (as both object and practice) in the popular videogame Minecraft by examining the game as architecture, text, and social milieu. I am also an active scholar on Twitter and interested in following other scholars who study technology:

I was referred to the SIGCIS by a colleague.

David Burack

Marcus Burkhardt

Scott Campbell
University of Waterloo
History of Canadian computing

My main research interest concerns the history of computing, particularly the co-development of computer science and computing in Canada. My doctoral research (2006) explored the pre-history of computer science at the University of Toronto, 1945-1964, and other research has focused on developments around Canada, particularly at the University of Waterloo, where the student-oriented FORTRAN compiler WATFOR was created. I'm also interested in the broader issues of technological obsolescence, the history of technology in Canada, and the problems of nationalist histories.

Martin Campbell-Kelly
Department of Computer Science, Warwick University

Martin Campbell-Kelly recently completed "From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry" (MIT Press, 2003) and the 2nd edition of "Computer: A History of the Information Machine" with Bill Aspray (Westview Press, 2004). He is currently working on the history of usability, software patents, and the early development of computer networks.

Alex Campolo
Graduate Student
New York University
intersection of computing and economic history

My research interests include the media of finance and exchange, subjectivities of contemporary capitalism, and critical practices from design to theory. Particular research objects include emerging currencies and systems of algorithmic control in everyday economic and social life. I hold a BA in comparative literature from the University of Virginia and an MA in media studies from The New School, where I researched the stock ticker and the production of financial data around the turn of the twentieth century. I learned about SIGCIS from faculty and other graduate students in my department.

Aidan-Paul Canavan

Warren Carithers
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

Anders Carlsson
Office for History of Science, Uppsala University

Anders Carlsson researches themes in the computer discourse in Sweden in the 1940s and 50s, such as research policy, user cultures (meteorology in particular), debates on automation and cybernetics. This work is carried out partly in cooperation with an emerging group of Scandinavian computer history scholars. He plans to move in the direction of documentation and oral history since there is very little done along those lines in Sweden. His recent papers include "Elektroniska hjärnor" ["Electronic Brains: Debates on Computers, Automation and Engineers, 1955-58", in Swedish] in Sven Widmalm (ed.), Artefakter (2004); "On the Politics of Failure: Perspectives on 'the Mathematics Machine' in Sweden, 1945-1948‚" [in English] in Janis Bubenko, John Impagliazzo & Arne Solvberg (eds.), History of Nordic Computing (2005). Anders Carlsson will be residing in the Washington, D.C. area 2005-2009.

Anna Carlsson-Hyslop
Research Associate
University of Manchester
history of pre-digital computing

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester. One of my former PhD supervisors (James Sumner) pointed out SIGCIS to me. I have done historical research on the use of computational methods in anti-aircraft ballistics and oceanographic research (tides and storm surges) and how this research was linked to societal concerns, which is why I would like to to sign up to SIGCIS.

Elinor Carmi
PhD Candidate/Associate Lecturer
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Media History, media anomalies, cybernetics, media governance, media archaeology, sound studies.

James Carpenter

Danielle Carr
Columbia University

Diego Casado Mansilla
PhD student
University of Deusto

Michael Castelle
Graduate Student
University of Chicago
Sociology/History of Computing Technology

Relational Databases
Data Modeling
Transaction Processing
Non-Relational Databases

Tim Cathcart
Information Technology and the Military

Paul E. Ceruzzi
Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum

Paul Ceruzzi is Curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. He recently published "Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005" (MIT Press 2008). Previous books include "A History of Modern Computing" (MIT Press 1998, 2nd ed. 2003), and "Reckoners: the Prehistory of the Digital Computer" (Greenwood Press, 1983). An essay on Moore's Law and its implications for historians recently appeared in Technology & Culture, July 2005, pp. 584-593. He contributes to an occassional blog for the Information Technology History Society (, and is currently working on several topics in the history of deep space navigation, aerospace computing reliability, and aerospace computer architecture.

Melissa Chalmers
PhD student
University of Michigan School of Information
media digitization, information work

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. I research the work, workers, and infrastructures underlying large-scale contemporary media digitization processes. I am also very interested in the history of digital imaging technologies and image processing. I found out about SIGCIS from my advisor, Paul Edwards. Thanks!

David Channell
Professor of Art and Technology
University of Texas at Dallas
Art and Technology

Alex Chassanoff
Postdoctoral Fellow
MIT Libraries
Information Science

histories of technology

Sandra Cher
Exploring extra-sensory capacities, through different methods like hypnosis.

Exploring extra-sensory capacities, through different methods like hypnosis.

Giovanni A. Cignoni
Professor on contract in History of Computer Science
University of Pisa
History of Computing

History of Italian early computers.
Rebuilding of old computing devices, including by software simulation.
Restoring of old devices.
Historically & technologically accurate storytelling.

Eileen Clancy
history of science

Stan Clark
History of computers;History of Computer Science departments

I am interested in the history of RISC design. I received my Ph.D. in CSc from the University of Manchester in 1967. Part of my thesis involved empirical studies showing that 50% of the current hardware instructions were not needed. The MU5 built in hardware counters which I believe led to the RISC design. If so I would like to know whether this is in fact true or did the RISC design start elsewhere. After I left Manchester I returned to Canada first at the U of Manitoba and then the University of Victoria in BC. My interests changed and I did not follow the work at Manchester.

Andy Clark
Apple Family Room Specialist, Apple Retail
Apple Retail, Bluewater, United Kingdom
Apple Computers

Apple Computers, HTML Web Authoring, Java Programming, Manned Spaceflight, 20th Century HIstory

Brian Clarke
Graduate Student
Cornell University: Department of Science & Technology Studies
History of Information Technology

history of information technology, infrastructure studies, surveillance studies, automation in financial industry

Jonathan Scott Clemens
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Minnesota
History of Computing

History of computing; history of technology; history of video games; game studies; media studies; business history.

Hugh Cline
Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Information Communication Technology and Societal Change

History of Technology
Social Change
Sociology of Education

I learned about SIGCIS from Mike Mahoney, and I learned about the 2013 Workshop from an e-mail from AoIR.

Noam Cohen
Growth of Silicon Valley

Ex-New York Times journalist now writing a book on the politics of Silicon Valley. Came to the listsrv through Lee Vinsel in discussing the history of the personal computer.

Jamie Cohen-Cole
Assistant professor of American Srudies
George Washington University
Language processing

I am researching the history of the sciences of human language. As such I am interested in interactions between psycholinguistics of George Miller and Noam Chomsky c1950s-1960s and contemporary and subsequent work in automated processing of natural language...e.g, speech recognition.

Julie Cohn
Independent Historian
History of Technology, Energy History, Environmental History

My recently completed dissertation explored the development of North America's electric power grid. During the research, I came across interesting information about the use of computers for network control. I'm eager to learn more about the history of computing and how the utilities's computing choices fit into the larger picture.

Julie Cohn
Research Historian
University of Houston
History of Technology, Energy History, Electric Power Systems, Environmental History

I have participated in past SIGCIS conferences, presented at one, am on the SIGCIS listserv, and would like to be able to log into the SIGCIS website. Not sure why I am not currently able to, but want to try again!

I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Houston on the development of the North American Power grid. One section of the dissertation addresses the use of both analog and digital computing for power system control. I have an interest in the longer history of the use of computing and calculating machines in the electric power industry and presented on this topic at the SIGCIS meeting in 2013. I am currently affiliated with the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. Thank you.

Garvey Colin
graduate student / teaching assistant
History of AI

AI, machine learning, Mumford, critical technology studies, democratic steering of technology

Peter Collopy
Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Southern California
History of video in relation to computing and cybernetics

My research brings together the histories of science, technology, media, and the social movements that have made use of them, particularly in the context of the Cold War. My current project concerns how artists, scientists, and political activists used the new technology of videotape in the 1960s and 1970s, interpreting it as both a political weapon and a medium of collective human consciousness. It places this countercultural effervescence in a transnational history in which American occupations at the end of World War II facilitated the transfer of magnetic tape recording first from Germany to California and then to Japan. I also set contemporary digital media within this historical trajectory, demonstrating how ideas about the ethereality and democratizing power of electronic media emerged from engagements with earlier magnetic recording technologies and with an intellectual tradition of conceptualizing consciousness as communal rather than individual that extended from Henri Bergson to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Marshall McLuhan, Aldous Huxley, and Gregory Bateson.

Yosem Companys
Stanford University
Tech History

Yosem Companys
PhD Candidate
Stanford University
Liberation Technology

Gerardo Con Diaz
Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis
Computing and Intellectual Property

I am a historian of science and technology with a special interest in law and public policy, and I received a PhD in History of Science and Medicine from Yale University (2016). My first book, currently in progress, is a history of software patenting in the United States. My primary research interests stand at the intersection of the histories of technology, business, and law, but my broader interests include the history of epidemics and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Jonathon Coopersmith
Deptartment of History, Texas A&M University

Jonathan Coopersmith is working on the importance of frothy and fraudulent firms in emerging technologies as well as the intertwining of pornography and ICT. FAXED. The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins, 2015) deals with digitization, computer-based faxing, and the role of standards.

Joe Corn
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
Stanford University
History of technology generally; personal computing

I am interested in users of technology as well as the consumption of representations of technology. I have just published "User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers," about the steep learning curves that have accompanied the adoption of machines by consumers. Another volume, "Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight," which I edited, also just appeared, focusing on the experience of those who flew, whether as pilots or passengers.

Edward Corrado
Director of Library Technology
Binghamton University
Library Automation and Technology

Leo Corry
Tel Aviv University
History of Mathematics

Frances Corry
PhD Student
University of Southern California

digital pasts and the tools that facilitate their construction, with an emphasis on online archiving, preservation, and memorialization

James (Jim) W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow, CBI
University of Minnesota
History of information in society

James W. Cortada is the author of several dozen books on the management, use, and history of information technology. His most recent publications include the 3 volume Digital Hand (Oxford, 2004-08),The Digital Flood (OUP 2012), and All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870 (OUP 2016). He serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Information and Culture, among others. I am writing a history of IBM.

John Coughlin
Information Security

Information Security, Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Object Oriented computing, paleocomputing

Lee Courtney
Senior Software Strategic Planner
Software evolution, preservation and interpretation

Catherine Coyle
graduate student
New York University

Mary Croarken
University of Warwick

Mary Croarken has an ongoing interest in scientific computing (both digital and analogue) in the pre 1950 period with particular focus on the UK. Specific interests in astronomical computing from the 18th century through to the 20th century and table making in the same period. She is also an Associate Editor of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

Trevor Croker
Graduate Student
Virginia Tech, Science and Technology Studies Department
Science and Technology Studies

I am interested in the cultural and historical origins of cloud computing. I am interested in viewing this topic through a Science and Technology Studies lens. I am signing up for the mailing list to be better connected to computer and Internet researchers. I found out about SIGCIS through a faculty member in my department.

Roderic Crooks
Doctoral Candidate

Stephanie Crowe
Charles Babbage Institute

Alex Csiszar
ACLS / Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
History of the scientific periodical and of scientific search practices

Csiszar researches the changing roles and status of print in nineteenth-century French and British science. Most relevant for this group is his work on the history of search practices and technologies in the sciences: card catalogues, indexing systems, classification infrastructures, and third-party information organization services.

Csiszar is currently writing a book on the history of the scientific journal in Nineteenth-Century France and Britain based on a part of his dissertation (Broken Pieces of Fact: The Scientific Periodical and the Politics of Search in Nineteenth-Century France and Britain [2010]). His second book project is provisionally titled Machineries of Search. A provisional statement on how a history of search might be pursued is sketched out in his recent paper, "Seriality and the Search for Order: Scientific Print and its Problems during the Late Nineteenth Century" (History of Science 48 [2010]).

Alex Sayf Cummings
Associate Professor
Georgia State University
Intellectual property, urban history, postindustrial society

I am interested in the ways that technology, law, economic policy, and popular culture have shaped the landscape of the modern United States. My first book, Democracy of Sound, dealt with the politics of music and intellectual property since the dawn of sound recording, and my new project, Brain Magnet: Research Triangle Park and the Idea of the Idea Economy, looks at the rise of high-tech in the American South and the centrality of notions of knowledge and creativity in discussions of social and economic change in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Liesbeth De Mol
Postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium (FWO)
Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
history and philosophy of computer science

- the history of computers and programming (current focus: ENIAC)
- history and epistemology of practices of computing
- history and philosophy of mathematical logic and computability theory
- research on limits of decidability and undecidability in models of computability (experimental and theoretical research)

Melissa De Witte
Digital Communications Manager
Division of Social Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Benjamin Dean
Fellow for Cyber-security and Internet Governance
Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs

Sally Deffor
PhD Candidate
University of Central Lancashire
ICT, Media and Society

My dissertation examines the role of news storytelling within the context of the digital news platform. I investigate how journalistic practices involving the use of the online space have evolved. I also have an interest in exploring how old media, new media and communications technology have influenced society in specific contexts.

Sally Deffor
Program Director/Research Fellow
Internews Network
Online News

Bill Degnan
University of Delaware
Post WWII computer history with a concentration on computer restoration and software archiving

Instructor, Computer History, University of Delaware (CISC 367/CPEG 367)
Private collection of computer systems, books and magazines concentrating on the late 50's through early 1990's.
Computer and technology photography
Board member Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists (

I hope to make my contribution the field by preserving and documenting entire systems (display, software, printer, etc) as they originally existed and in working order. At the University of Delaware, historical computers are used in the classroom to demonstrate how these systems functioned. Students are exposed to the sounds, mechanics, electronics, data processing, and display technology of the technology milestones discussed in class. Having explored a "vintage" computer first-hand, the student gains a greater appreciation computer history.

Janet Delve
Principal Lecturer
University of Portsmouth, UK
History of Computing

History of French Computing, especially the 'Jacquard' loom; Historiography; history and memory with respect to the history of computing; Historical tools and methods, especially databases and data warehousing; LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) and tea-blending.

David Dennis

Molly Des Jardin
Japanese Studies Librarian
University of Pennsylvania
Natural language processing

Katie DeVries Hassman
PhD Student
Syracuse University Department of Information Studies
Library and Information Science

Technology and information practices in non-formal and serendipitous learning, the role of multimodal discourse as tool for reflection and identity construction, digital and information literacies and computer supported collaborative learning

Stephanie Dick
PhD Candidate
History of Science, Harvard University
History of Mathematics and Computing

History of Automated Theorem Proving, Interactions between Mathematics and Computing

Dominic DiFranzo
Post Doc
Cornell University

James Dobson
Dartmouth College
digital humanities, algorithms, machine learning, critical theory

Karl Doll
Cubicle dweller
Computer History

Deborah Douglas
MIT Museum

Deborah Douglas is the Curator of Science and Technology at the MIT Museum which means that among other things she is responsible for a modest but interesting collection of computer-related artifacts. She has a strong interest in Project Whirlwind. Having received a number of random pieces of hardware from the original DEC collection connected with Whirlwind and SAGE, she organized a reunion of Whirlwind "alumni/ae" in 2001 and began experimenting with ways to put the meager archival collections online (Stay tuned, maybe one day it will even happen!). Douglas' curatorial objectives are to build a repository of artifacts and related archival materials that document computing at MIT. Her goal is not to be a computer museum but rather to gather the resources that will permit researchers to investigate the ways MIT has shaped and is shaped by computers and related technologies. In addition to making these resources available to researchers, she has conducted a number of workshops with classes from MIT and other universities. Graduate students are always welcome and Deborah is open to the possibility of hosting post-doctoral students interested in working with the collection.

Greg Downey
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
History and geography of information and communication technology and labor

My area of research and teaching is the history and geography of information & communication technology, especially the often hidden labor behind such technology. My first book used the case of telegraph messenger boys to consider such labor. My second book explored the labor of television closed-captioners and courtroom stenographers. In between these I also co-edited an international anthology on information labor. Right now I'm working on the research for my third book, which will look at the "metadata labor" of library professionals in the decades leading up to the World Wide Web.

Kevin Driscoll
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Media Studies, University of Virginia

My research concerns the popular and political cultures of networked personal computing. I'm a collector of myths and folk theories. Recently, I've been writing about modems, BBSs, Minitel, and other dial-up networks of the 1980s and 1990s.

Peter Du Rietz
The National Museum of Science and Technology in Sweden (Tekniska museet)

Raphael Dua
Micro Planning International Pty Ltd
Planning and Scheduling Software

Computer Hardware, Software, especially Critical Path Scheduling , Research into UK applications specification as opposed to US specifications for Critical Path Software.

Rob Duarte
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Technology & Culture

Social, political and organizational aspects of technology throughout history.

christina dunbar-hester
university of southern california
social studies of technology

current research project on diversity advocacy in open technology projects (FOSS and hackerspaces)

Quinn DuPont
Research Associate
University of Washington
Software history

Helena Durnova
Assistant profeessor (mathematics)
Masaryk University, Brno
history of mathematics

Helena Durnova received her PhD in history of mathematics (2001, A history of discrete optimization). Her interests in history of computing are especially programming languages and history of computing in Czechoslovakia.

Wesley Dwyer
Associate - Investment Banking
Stifel Nicolaus
Quantification of Subjectivity, Information Systems, Financial Systems, Surveillance, Medical Humanities

Douglas Eacho
Doctoral Candidate
Stanford University
Theater & Performance Studies

Aleatory aesthetics, indeterminacy, and the computer in performance (music, dance, theater) from 1945-1970.

Torri Easton

Peter Eckstein

Peter Eckstein trained as a sociologist (M.A. Harvard University, 1960) and an economist (B.A. University of Michigan, 1958; Ph.D. Harvard University, 1971) who spent the early part of his career teaching economics and the later part on the research side of the labor movement. His interest in computer history stems in large part from his service in the early 1980s as Executive Director of the (Michigan) Governors Commission on Jobs and Economic Development, where he developed an interest in the early lives of technological and industrial pioneers.

Now retired, he is working to complete two books. One is an interpretative history of the early Michigan automobile industry, which will include a chapter on the early life of Henry Ford. The second is a study of the early lives of a dozen of the top, American-born computer hardware pioneers, from Eckert and Mauchly through Steve Wozniak. The book will develop a model of development from the Henry Ford story and show how well it fits the strikingly similar early life experiences of the computer pioneers. The book will incorporate the results of some one hundred interviews with most of the pioneers themselves and with many of their family members and friends.

Some published articles deriving from the research include:

"The Childhood of a Computer Pioneer--Jay Forrester," in Nicholas Colangelo, et al, eds., Talent Development: Volume II, Dayton: Ohio Psychology Press, 1994, pp. 405-408.

"J. Presper Eckert," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Winter, 1996, pp.25-44.

"Eckert, J(ohn Adam) Presper, Jr.," The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Volume 4, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001, pp, 143-5.

Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan
Elec & Computer Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
Computer Networks

Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan (a computer scientist) is researching the design stories of the early networks. Her paper, ACM SIGCOMM's Archaeological Journey into Networking's Past, was one of 8 papers published in CACM celebrating ACM's 60th anniversary. She is the 3rd recipient of the Postel Center's Visiting Research Scholar (ISI/USC) and used that time to explore network archives. She was the editor of the SIGCOMM Technical History of the Internet Tutorial in 1999 and was the executive producer of the Turing Lecture for Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, recipients of the 2004 Turing Award.

Paul N. Edwards
Professor of Information and History
School of Information, Science, Technology & Society Program, University of Michigan
History of information infrastructure

Paul Edwards writes and teaches on the history, politics, and culture of computers, information infrastructure, climate science, and global data networks. His current research involves comparative study of scientific cyberinfrastructure projects, especially in climate science. He is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010); Clark Miller and Paul N. Edwards, eds., Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001); The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996); and Peter J. Taylor, Saul E. Halfon, and Paul N. Edwards, eds., Changing Life: Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies, Commodities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997).

Florian Ehrensperger
Graduate Student
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia
History of technology, Library and Information Studies

History and Philosophy of Technology and Science, Information Retrieval, Indexing, Cataloging, Information Management

Madeleine Elish
Data & Society + Columbia University

Elizabeth Ellcessor
UW - Madison

Web and mobile accessibility, digital media history, user interfaces, digital divides and access.

Salem Elzway
PhD Student
University of Michigan
History and Political Economy of Technological Development

Lori Emerson
Assistant Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder
media studies, history of computing, electronic literature

I direct the Media Archaeology Lab and am currently researching the history of networks outside and/or before the Internet.

Nathan Ensmenger
Associate Professor
School of Informatics and Computing

Nathan Ensmenger is an associate professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of software and software workers, and questions of gender and identity in computer programming. His 2010 book, *The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise*, explored the rise to power of the "computer expert" in American corporate, economic, and political life. He is one of the co-authors of the most recent edition of the popular *Computer: A History of the Information Machine*. He is currently working on a book exploring the global environmental history of the electronic digital computer. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Annals of the History of Computing.

Seth Erickson
PhD Student
UCLA, Information Studies
Information Studies, STS

I'm interested in how scientists and humanists build software tools (research software), and how scholarly commitments are inflected in the everyday work of managing software projects.

Ingrid Erickson

Gokhan Ersan
grad student
university of illinois, chicago (uic)
information design

i am a visual communication designer interested in the presentation of scientific research products.

Ali Eshraghi
PhD Student
University of Edinburgh Business School
ICT-mediated Organisational Change

Gus Espinosa
Senior Principal Engineer
Intel Corporation
Computer architecture

Computer & systems architecture, computer & software design, history, history of science & technology, philosophy of science

Ricardo Fagoaga

Guy Fedorkow
Distinguished Engineer
Juniper Networks
computer and networking history

history of system architecture for large-scale computers and networks

Tom Feinberg

Dan Feldman
Sr. Research Manager
Hewlett Packard Labs
Historiography of computing and of software

Historiography of software; the transition from analogue to digital computing; the relationship between production technologies, hardware architecture and end-use; software production as an engineering discipline; software production as labor; embedded computing; high performance computing.

Adrin Fernandes
Computer Science

Luke Fernandez
Visiting Professor of Computer Science
Weber State University
Technology Studies

I am currently writing a history with Susan Matt on how communication technologies have shaped inner life in America since the emergence of the telegraph. We are focusing on three themes: the religion of technology, the way that communication has affected Americans' commitment to communitarian ideals, and the way that emerging technologies have shaped Americans' hopes for perfect knowledge. We are using the approaches and frameworks that are employed by historians of the emotions as well as ethnographers. These include close looks at diaries, populist commentary as well as first person interviews.

Daniel Ferrell
Boyce College
History of Technology/Digital Technology

Writing on the history of technology.

David Ferro
Associate Professor
Weber State University
Computer User Interface and Culture

I have a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virgina Tech. I spent a good number of years working in the computer field as programmer, project manager, and e-marketing manager. I teach software engineering in the Computer Science department of Weber State University. I have also taught in History, Honors, Information Systems and Technology, and Management. I have published and presented in the areas of User Interface Design, Economics, History, Computer Science pedagogy, and Sociology, among others. My current interest is investigating the intersection of computer development, speculative fiction, and society. My edited book from McFarland, tentatively titled Science Fiction and Computing, is due in early 2011. The book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays and includes a number of SIGCIS members.

Bradley Fidler
(Fall 2017-) Assistant Professor
Stevens Institute of Technology
History of computing, esp. networks and cybersecurity; Science and Technology Studies; Internet governance; cyberspace and national security

Megan Finn
University of Washington, Information School

Suzanne Fischer
Curator of Technology
The Henry Ford
material culture of computing, open-source culture

Paul Fishwick
Distinguished Chair of Art & Technology, Professor of Computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas
Modeling and Simulation, Creative Automata

Modeling methodology for dynamic systems, systems theory and science, aesthetic computing, creative automata, computer science education, history of mathematics and computing
Automata Blog:

JD Fleming
Associate Professor of English
Simon Fraser University

Hermeneutic/phenomenological perspective on information theory and technology, with special reference to the emergence of modern natural science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Michelle Forelle
Doctoral candidate
University of Southern California
Software and Internet law

Writing a dissertation about the copyright battles over automotive software and the effect of these battles on car culture and car hobbyists

Jordi Fornes
Collaborating Lecturer
UPC BarcelonaTech
History of Operating Systems and computer science workers

I am interested in history of automatic data processing in any period. Operating systems and computer scientists are my preferred topics. Currently, I’m working in history of Catalonia Computer Science studies.

Bretton Fosbrook
doctoral student
york university
history of technology

Petrina Foti
PhD Researcher
University of Leicester School of Museum Studies
Computer games

computer & video games;
material culture of computer technology
museums & computer history
women in computer technology;
digital convergence;
handheld technology
the rise of the PC;

Armando Fox
UC Berkeley
Computing history - general; retrocomputing

Ori Freiman

Christopher French
PhD Candidate
University of British Columbia
Philosophy and History of Science

As a philosopher: Reception of Logical Empiricism, Nature of Inference (including machine learning and theoretical statistics), Herbert Simon's work on Bounded Rationality and Satisficing, Decision Theory.

Re History of CS: "the" transformation, both technically and sociologically, from AI to machine learning, the nature of CS as a science and broader relationships between engineering and the sciences.

I found SIGCIS by noticing the affiliation of the author who wrote this article:

Michael Friedewald
Senior Researcher
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, DE
Personal Computing, HCI

Ivo Furman
Istanbul Bilgi University
Software Studies, Critical Internet Studies, Digital Culture, Social Network Analysis (SNA), Big Data, Big Data Analytics, Social Networking Sites (SNS), Online Communities, Media Studies, History of the Internet

Jacob Gaboury
Assistant Professor
Stony Brook University
Computer Graphics

Media Theory, History of Technology, Queer Studies

Katleen Gabriels
Vrije universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Ethics of technology

Computer ethics, ethics of technology, philosophy of technology, philosophy of virtuality, Internet of Things (IoT)
I found out about SIGCIS through this blog post, I recently submitted my PhD (in moral philosophy, on the question of virtuality and morality) and will start a postdoc on the ethical implications of IoT.

Fabio Gadducci
Associate Professor
Dpt. of Computer Science, University of Pisa
history of computing

Douglas Gale
Internet History

Jason Gallo

Andrew Gansky
Independent Scholar
The University of Texas at Austin
Affective Computing

I completed my PhD in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2017. My dissertation, "Myths and Legend of the Anti-Corporation: A History of Apple, 1976–1997," examined labor rights at Apple as well as the company's educational lobbying efforts.

Pablo Garaizar
University of Deusto

Thomas Gebel

Cybernetics, economic planning, Internet, social media

Tom Geller
Geller Guides
Computer history

TRS-80; Mac 1984-1998; Dotcom history in Silicon Valley; Drupal (my main gig).

Bernard Geoghegan
history of information theory, critical theory, media studies

Bernard Geoghegan is a doctoral candidate in Screen Cultures at Northwestern University, where he earned his master's degree in Media, Technology and Society. His dissertation research focuses on information theory, computing, and the relations between philosophy and informatics. He has lectured and published on human computer interaction, cultural studies, the Internet, the aesthetics of computer exhibition, and historiography.

Currently he's studying automata and game playing machines associated with 1950s US-based research into information theory and cybernetics. Bernard is a former scholar- in-residence at l'Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and he will spend autumn 2007 as a visiting student at MIT's program in Science, Technology and Society. He is also a Jacob K. Javits fellow in Communication Studies, and an active member in the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.

Noah Geraci
Digital Assets Metadata Librarian
University of California Riverside

Slava Gerovitch
Science, Technology and Society Program, MIT

Slava Gerovitch is currently working on the history of automation and human-machine interaction in the Soviet space program with specific attention to the use of onboard computers. Gerovitch's book, From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cybernetics (MIT Press, 2002) examined applications of cybernetic and computer models in a variety of scientific fields in the Soviet Union; see His 2004 course on the history of computing explored how the use of the computer as a scientific instrument changed the conceptual apparatus, sociotechnical infrastructure, laboratory practice, and professional identity of researchers across a wide range of scientific disciplines, from physics to mathematics to biology to linguistics. Course materials can be found on MIT OpenCourseWare; see STS.035 The History of Computing, Spring 2004.

Sebastian Giessmann
Junior Research Group Leader
Universität Siegen, Germany
History of Computing/Networking

I have published to books on the history of networking in German (Netze und Netzwerke, 2006; Die Verbundenheit der Dinge, 2014). My current research interest is in the media history of the credit card (esp. MasterCard), combining the history of computing with the history of accounting. You might want to check for current blog posts and papers.

Katja Girschik
Institute of History, ETH Zurich

Katja Girschik's Ph.D. is part of the research project . This project focuses on the question how digital telecommunication means were connected with specific local needs and how the evolving ways of utilisation led to social changes. This project is founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) until April 2007. The working title indicates the direction of her dissertation: Her research focuses on the digitisation of the merchandise management system during the last forty years considering Swiss retailing as an example. The merchandise management systems have accounted decisively for the fact that today consumers in the western countries regard daily shopping in the supermarkets with its shelves packed with goods as a matter of course. The supply of diverse goods has become highly foreseeable, reliable and therefore unproblematic. However, the act of purchase is dependent on various conditions. Numerous sociotechnical systems have to match accurately in order to guarantee smooth transactions. The viewpoint of history of technology rises at this point the question how such complex coordination efforts are planned, implemented and transferred into stable practices. The problematisation of everyday life allows to look for historic developments which converge for example in the networked cash registers of contemporary retailing: These cash registers became more and more equiped with scanners and reading machines for credit cards, and were linked with accounting-, inventory control- and electronic payments systems. This integration process had far reaching consequences from the organisation of good's replenishment to the retailer's relation to the food industry and the change of job descriptions.

Federico Gobbo
Privatdozent of history of computing
Research Center "Informatica Interattiva" (CRII), University of Insubria, Italy
history and philosophy of computing in Italy

Shubhangi Gokhale
Assistant Professor
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Robotics, International Law, Information Technology

Robotics, International Law, Information Technology

Matthew Gold

David Golumbia
Asst Prof., Dept of English
Virginia Commonwealth University
Digital Studies

Racquel Gonzales

Dave Goodwin
Research student
Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Recent Computer History

I am currently studying for a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. My topic is Digital Equipment, its downfall and could it have been avoided. I worked for DEC/Compaq/HP from 1975 to 2003 and am now employed part time by the UK Prison Service.

Mary Gorden
History of Women in Computing

History of Women in Technology, Advocating for Woman in Technology

Alen Gordon
All computers

Computers, Orthopedic Surgery, Photography, any mechanical subject, any electrical subject, any history subject

Kevin Gotkin
PhD Student
University of Pennsylvania
Disability studies

Burton Grad
Software History Center, a part of the Computer History Museum

The Software Industry Special Interest Group (formerly the Software History Center) has focused on collecting, preserving and communicating information about the history of the computer software industry. The original focus was on the history of software companies from the 1950s-1980s with emphasis on mainframe software companies, particularly the entrepreneurs who created and built these companies. However, since 2004 we have broadened our attention to include personal computer, minicomputer and midrange computer software companies as well as professional services and processing services companies. We have held a number of conferences with industry pioneers in attendance and the help of a number of the leading computer industry historians to conduct workshops and obtain oral histories. We have edited and posted these transcripts either on the CBI website or the CHM website. We have also been actively collecting materials from software industry pioneers and arranging to have them archived at CBI or at CHM. Generally, our activities have been limited to US-based companies. We were and continue to be actively involved in the IT/Corporate Histories Project which was sponsored by the Sloan Foundation based on a grant request submitted by the Charles Babbge Foundation and conducted under the auspices of the Computer History Museum. We have sponsored one research project by Thomas Haigh relating to the role of ADAPSO in the evolution of the software industry and hope to sponsor other such projects in the future. Grad and Luanne Johnson co-edited a special issue of the IEEE Annals on The Start of the Software Industry in 2002. Grad and Paul Ceruzzi were the co-editors of two other special issues of the Annals on PC Software, the first was on PC Word Processing and was published in 2006 and the second was on PC Spreadsheets and was published in 2007. Grad and Tim Bergin are now working on two more special issues targeted for publication in 2009 and 2010; the first will be on data base management systems and the second on relational data base management systems. The Software Industry SIG is also providing input to the Computer History Museum's planned signature Timeline Exhibit scheduled to open in 2009.

Christian Gram
Danish Society for Computer History

IT introduction and development in Nordic countries

Cary Gray
computer science

My primary technical area is operating systems/distributed systems, though I am also interested in social issues/impacts of (and on) computing. I take particular interest in in the variety of perspectives on what the disciplines/professions in computing--including just where the various things called "computer science" have come from.

David Greelish
Writer, Host / Founder, President
Classic Computing (blog & show) / Historical Computer Society
Personal computer history

I am a long time computer history enthusiast and collector. I started the Historical Computer Society in 1992, and began creating a newsletter about old computers in 1993 called "Historically Brewed." I now run where I blog, produce a video podcast, and I'm recording an excellent book into a free audio book podcast - "Stan Veit's History of the Personal Computer." I have now started down the path in creating a local user group to meet and play with old machines. I intend that the group evolve into a stand-alone, self-governing, non-profit, and educational organization. The first annual Classic Computing Expo is planned for April, 2011.

Mel Gregg

Gary Grider
HPC Director
Los Alamos National Laboratory
High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing History. We have an active HPC history project going at LANL and are looking for universities to partner with to perhaps bring in post-bac students each year for several years to help us capture LANL computing history.
This may not be the correct forum for discussing this topic, please advise.

I found SIGCIS just by internet search.

David Alan Grier
Center for International Science and Technology Policy Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University; Editor in Chief, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

David Alan Grier just finished a book on the people who did computation before we had electronic machines to do it for us. (When Computers were Human, Princeton University Press, 2005). David writes the column "The Known World" for Computer Magazine. A collection of these pieces were published in 2009 under the title "Too Soon Too Tell: Essays for the end of the computer revolution." (Wiley 2009) He is currently working on a book about the development of software and its impact on organizational structure. Lacking a better title, he is referring to it as "The Big Fat Book of Software." It will inevitably have a neater, more ironic title.

ricky grimes

Jonathan Grudin
Principal Researcher
Microsoft Research
Human Computer Interaction

I am interested in the history of human computer interaction, very broadly defined, with more focus on social history, less on engineering history, and an interest in conceptual history though I haven't written about it.
I am interested in the emerging Information Schools and the iCaucus and iConference they sponsor.
For 5 years I have edited and sometimes written a column on history topics for ACM Interactions magazine.

david gstein

Diane Gu

Michael Guenther
Assistant Professor of History
Grinnell College
History of Science & Technology

the social & political dimensions of science & technology in the 18th and 19th centuries; history of data; history of data visualization; history of environmental sciences

David Gugerli

David Gugerli holds the chair for the history of technology at ETH Zurich. He studied history, the history of literature, and literary criticism at the University of Zurich. After receiving his doctorate in 1987, he was a guest researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris, visiting professor at the Colegio de México in Mexico City, visiting scholar at Stanford University in Palo Alto, visiting fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Sciences in Vienna, and twice a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1993/94; 2006). In 1995 he earned a venia legendi (Habilitation) at the University of Zurich. After various publications pertaining to social and cultural history, he published a study in 1996 on the discursive shaping of electrification in Switzerland. This study was awarded both the Rudolf Kellerman Prize for the History of Technology and the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences Prize in 1997.

Databases are combining the fascination and the terror of any kind of surveillance. This becomes evident in all varieties of thrillers and whodunit series, and it is one of the main driving forces of the never ending debates on data security and data protection. The failure of databases might lead to the general collapse of huge technological infrastructures, whereas their success allows for the installment of customer retention programs, the management and logistics of goods in retail business or the refinement of any other marketing strategies. And vice versa. Failure and success represent the janus-faced appearance of the database. Therefore, databases provoke a whole series of questions
concerning the precarious relation between maintenance and loss of control, between fantasies of totalitarian governance and the joy of individual tether.

My project aims at a critical revision of those promises of empowerment and scenarios of horror, which have been developed during the last 40 years and which marked the advent of the society of control (Deleuze). I plan to dig into those archives of journals, handbooks, public debates, literary narratives and cinematic productions which have been consumed by computer engineers, applied by private and public administrators, sustained by politicians, imagined by writers and staged and produced by the entertainment complex.

Reynal Guillen
Program Manager/Social Science reseearcher
University of California, Riverside
Ethnic minorities in STEM fields

raiford guins
Associate Professor of Culture and Technology
Stony Brook University
game history

game history and preservation, material culture, design history, philosophy of technology, history of technology

Neal Gunderson
Retired and returning to college
University of Minnesota
History of Rotating Magnetic Memory

Working now with the archives at the Charles Babbage Institute on researching the origination and rise of rotating magnetic storage from 1942 to 1961.

For twenty years have been researching eccentric early American and British automotive engineers (ie JW Christie, Harry Knox and Philip Johnson) that made the transition during WWI or between the wars to military automotive design.

joette gunn
I started programming in 1970 (in Algol 60) and have been involved in software engineering teaching, research and practice since 1979

I started programming in 1970 (in Algol 60) and have been involved in software engineering teaching, research and practice since 1979

Scott Guthery
Docent Press
History of Computing

History of mathematics and computing.

David Haeselin
PhD Student
Carnegie Mellon University
Media Theory, History of Information, 20th Century Literature

Wolfgang Hagen

Barbara Hahn
Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University
technology and economics

software, programming, machine language

Charlie Hahn
University of Washington

Thomas Haigh
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee & The Haigh Group
History of Data Processing; History of Software

Thomas Haigh is an associate professor in the School of Information Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a partner in The Haigh Group, a historical services organization. He has two degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Haigh has published articles on the history of: the software and services industry and its leading trade association ADAPSO during the 1960s and 70s; the emergence of the search engine and portal industry; the commercialization of web and email technology; early data base management systems; word processing and office automation; connections between science fiction and the history of technology; the political and social context of the early US computer industry; and the origins of packaged software. Haigh edits the Biographies department of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, and served on the ACM History Committee. He chairs SIGCIS. He recently edited the collected works of Michael S. Mahoney on the history of computing, for Harvard University Press, authored a provocative reconsideration of the famous 1968 NATO conference on software engineering, and published a comprehensive overview of the history of computing literature for the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. A manuscript based on some of his dissertation material focused on the rise of technical expertise in administrative systems from office manager to chief information officer over the twentieth century will be submitted to Johns Hopkins Press soon. Haigh also has an interest in the social history of the personal computer, which has led to several conference presentations and some oral history interviews.

Michael Halvorson
Benson Chair in Business and Economic History, Associate Professor of History
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Business and Economic History; History of Technology; Personal Computers

I am a business historian interested in studying PC business software, programming languages, and technology. I have a background in high technology (software development/Microsoft), publishing, and teaching business history and the history of early modern Europe (Renaissance and Reformation). My current research project relates to the origins of PC business software in the United States, c. 1975-2000. The project explores business strategy and the software development process, efforts at standardization, marketing software, and the experience of business software users and customers.

Matthias Hamm
Institut f?ºr Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und der Technik Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universit?§t, M?ºnchen

Matthias Hamm holds a PhD in Computer Science from LMU. His research interests are the History of Software and Computer Science.

Tim Hannon
Computer History 1940-1970

Else Hansen
Senior Researcher
National Archives, Denmark
Administrative use of technology

Edward Hart


Ulf Hashagen
Munich Center for History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum (Munich, Germany); Editorial Board, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing; International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

Ulf Hashagen's interests center on the history of scientific computing and applied mathematics in Germany 1900-1970 (; this project is part of a larger project on the history of the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" and the German research system 1900-1970. Recent Books: - Form, Zahl, Ordnung: Studien zur Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte. Ivo Schneider zum 65. Geburtstag. Edited with M.Folkerts and R. Seising, Stuttgart: Steiner, 2004. - Walther von Dyck (1856-1934): Mathematik, Technik und Wissenschaftsorganisation an der TH MMünchen, Stuttgart: Steiner, 2003. - Circa 1903: Wissenschaftliche und technische Artefakte in der Grundungszeit des Deutschen Museums. Edited with O. Blumtritt and H. Trischler, Munich: Deutsches Museum, 2003. - History of Computing: Software Issues. Edited with R. Keil-Slawik and A. Norberg, Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 2002.

Gary Hausman
South Asia Librarian
Princeton University
South Asian Studies (all fields)

I am especially interested in the recent history of information technology in South Asia. I shall be teaching an annual (Spring semester) course on STS issues in South Asia.

Lars Heide
Associate Professor
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Innovation of IT technology and its impact

David Hemmendinger
Department of Computer Science, Union College, Schenectady, NY

David Hemmendinger was a co-editor of the fourth edition of the Encyclopedia of Computer Science, a project that rekindled his interest in the history of science and technology. He has taught a course on the history of computing (Babylonian tablets to tablet PCs) as well as courses on programming languages, computer architecture, and algorithms. He is the Associate Editor-in-chief of the Annals of the History of Computing, in which he has published several articles, including one on an analog computer used in the dyeing industry. His current projects include research on the early history of concurrent programming techniques. Before getting into computer science in the early 1980s, he taught philosophy and worked on the history and philosophy of science.

Evan Hepler-Smith
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
Scientific data and information systems

I study the history of scientific data and information systems, primarily since the late nineteenth century and especially in the chemical sciences. My dissertation, "Nominally Rational: Systematic Nomenclature and the Structure of Organic Chemistry, 1889-1940," traces how European and American chemists built and used rules of nomenclature to order the increasingly numerous and complex objects of chemical science and industry.

I am also pursuing research in the information technologies of environmental regulation, the application of physical and digital technology to the conservation and authentication of paintings, the automation of scientific reasoning in late twentieth century synthetic organic chemistry, and the historical relations between structural organic chemistry and graph theory.

Jeremias Herberg
Postdoc researcher
Leuphana University Lüneburg
science and technology studies

Néstor Herran
Associate Professor
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6)
History of computing in Spain

My main research interest concerns the history of computing in Spain in the second half of 20th century, a period that in Spain partially overlaps with Franco's dictatorship (1939-1975). In this sense, my research aims to contribute to understanding the role of technology in the construction of totalitarian regimes. As part of this project, I am involved in the preservation of computer and information processing heritage, by means of a the establishment of an archive and a library on the history of computing at the UAB. I am also interested in the construction of the public image of computer, in the context of a broader research interest on the interactions between science, technology and the media in the 20th century.

Hunter Heyck
Associate Professor, Department of the History of Science
University of Oklahoma
history of technology, especially information technology/media

I am interested in the use of technologies, especially information technologies, as models for understanding our minds, bodies, and societies. So, my research has two main prongs, one is the history of social thought (20th Century U.S.) and the other is the history of information/communication technology. Somehow it all fits together.

Marie Hicks
Assistant Professor, History of Technology
Humanities Department, Illinois Institute of Technology
Computing, Gender, Sexuality, Europe, Britain and British Empire, Government

I am currently serving as Vice Chair, Operations for the SIGCIS.

My research focuses on the history of computing and gender, particularly in Britain and its former imperial territories. My goal is to study how connections between national prestige, labor, and productivity define collective understandings of technological progress, and how that relates to social progress. I study how labor pools are expanded or constricted by feminization and deskilling, masculinization and professionalization, and the class implications of white and pink collar machine work. I am particularly interested in the global history of computing's ability to enhance and emend U.S.-centric narratives of technological progress.

My recent publications and news are available on my website:

I also occasionally contribute blog posts to the main page here at and helped organize the 2011 SIGCIS workshop--please drop me an email if you'd like to learn more about presenting at a future workshop!

Eric Hintz
Lemelson Center, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
history of invention, innovation, and R&D

history of science and technology; US business and economic history; history of invention, innovation, and R&D

Danielle Hoch
junior software dev
private sector

Cold War history, The Manhattan Project, Quantum & mechanical physics, History of computers, Repurposing legacy tech, Maker skills, Hardware hacking, Technology in fiction, NLG and char-rnn

Sheldon Hochheiser
Corporate Historian AT&T
AT&T Archives and History Center

Bell Labs and AT&T. The convergence of computing and communications.

Matthew Hockenberry

Alexandre Hocquet
Université de Lorraine
History of scientific software

History of scientific modeling, software studies, STS, Natively digital corpora, scientific mailing lists, i participated in sigcis here:

James Hodges
PhD student
Rutgers University
Media studies

Media preservation, software studies, sound studies, game studies. I learned about SIGCIS while attending SHOT 2014 in Michigan.

Bernard Hodson
tenured full professor at University of Manitoba
creation of a computer with no machine code

For many years I have been creating ever more simple logic to create computer applications, having a number of papers tracing how this has continued to the point where only a very small platform is required to develop and run any type of application. The next logical step is to place the very small platform currently in prototype on to a field programmable gate array, eliminating machine code altogether, generating what is essentially a Turing Machine. A full description of the approach is given in a fairly recent publication of MicroNano Systems magazine, October 2007.

Stefan Hoeltgen
Social History of Computers

Movies, History of Technology, Electronic Music, Retro Computing

Susan Hoffman
Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota Libraries

Kelly Hoffman
University of Maryland

Dan Holbrook
Associate Professor, Dept. of History
Marshall University
History of semiconductor industry/Silicon Valley; contamination control/clean room technology and the development thereof; food processing history

Gustav Holmberg
associate professor
Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden
history of science

Computers in astronomy

Mary Hopper
Digital Den
Personal Computing Era History

Founder and Director of a non-profit with the mission of creating a "living archive" of personal computing era CPUs, software, peripherals, documentation and stories in Cambridge MA.

chuck house
senior visiting scholar
Stanford University
20th century IT

Corporate histories, impact of IT on society, instrumentation.

Jennifer Howard
The Chronicle of Higher Education
History of tech; tech and culture

Hansen Hsu
Curator, Center for Software History
Computer History Museum
History, Sociology, and Anthropology of Computing

My Cornell STS dissertation (2015) was titled "The Appsmiths: Community, Identity, Affect and Ideology among Cocoa Developers from NeXT to iPhone," about the culture, values, and norms governing and motivating third party software app developers on Apple's iOS and macOS platforms, especially "indie" developers, and their roots in the NeXT community in the 1990s.

At the Computer History Museum, I am a software curator, responsible for collecting, preserving, and presenting the story of software to the public. We collect source code, executable programs, software packages, documentation, promotional materials, and conduct oral histories to preserve software and its history. In addition to continuing my dissertation work focused on conducting oral histories of NeXT engineers and developers, I am currently working on a project focused on the Xerox Alto and Smalltalk, fitting into my interests in the history of personal computing, graphical user interfaces, object-oriented programming, and software engineering.

Peter H. Hughes

Julie Hugsted
University of Aarhus, DK

MA in history. MA thesis: "Historiography of Computing in Context". Interests: historiography of computing/computer history literature, the computer history field (in the broadest sense). People and computer history: Software, UI, workers in computer history, people and groups (amateurs, hackers).

Mike Humphries
Software Industry SIG, Computer History Museum

Software and the history of both the business and technology developments that occurred at the businesses and institutions that made it possible. Gathering, preserving and communicating that history to anyone interested.

Francis Hunger
Technology of Computing during the Cold War especially in the Soviet Union; Open Source, Gender

Francis Hunger (*1976, Dessau) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. He received his diploma (2003) and post-graduate degree (2007) from the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. Primarily trained as an artist, his projects try to understand technological developments from two perspectives: Through visual art (installation, performances) and through historical research (essays, books).

His installations and performances deal with the topic of society and technological development, among them: Krystalia (2003), about a female American hacker; The Setun Conspiracy (2005) on the world’s first and only ternary – non binary – computer Setun, developed in Moscow in 1958; International Sputnik Day (2007), a collaborative event addressing the 50th anniversary of the earth’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik. He currently researches issues regarding the history of the first female cosmonaut flight in the Soviet Union.

In 2008 he published a 200 page book in German and English about the world's only working ternary computer called "Setun", developed by Nikolai P. Brusenzov and his team at the Moscow State University in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Martin Hähnel
TU Berlin
History of Science

Andrew Iliadis
Doctoral Candidate
Purdue University
philosophy of information

philosophy of information and communication, history and philosophy of science, and philosophy of technology

Rafa? Ilnicki
Institute of Culture Studies Pozna?
philosophy of media

philosophy of media, philosophy of technics, cyberculture

Lars Ilshammar
Labour Movement Archives and Library in Stockholm

Lars Ilshammar is a PhD in Contemporary History (thesis "The New Public Sphere: Technology and Politics in Sweden 1979-1999") at Örebro University, Sweden ( His research concerns ICT-policy and the transformation of the public sphere in the interaction between technology and politics. Lars was founder, and between 2002 and 2004 manager, of the interdisciplinary DemocrIT Research Programme at ?ñrebro University, focusing on ICT, democracy, citizenship and power. His present research is about the international regulation of medias and communication technology during the 1800s and 1900s (Title: "Trans-national ICT-regimes and the Internet as a New European Public Sphere"). With a background in politics and media, and with assignments for the government (including membership of the Swedish ICT-commission), he has experience with ICT-related policy issues on different levels. Lars has also made frequent appearances in national media on relevant research areas. Presently he is manager of the Labour Movement Archives and Library in Stockholm (

Lilly Irani
PhD Candidate
UC Irvine
Informatics, Feminist Science Studies, Postcolonial Science Studies, Design, Critical Innovation Studies, India, Silicon Valley

Sharon Irish
Project Coordinator & Adjunct Lecturer, Center for Digital Inclusion; Co-Facilitator, FemTechNet
University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign
architectural history

cybernetics in Britain; community participation and ICTs; digital humanities

Sellam Ismail
Computer History

Computer history

Caroline Jack
Doctoral Candidate
Cornell University

My research approaches cultural ephemera as historical points of entry to the question of how American corporations and other capital-oriented institutions participate in public discourse. At present I am developing my dissertation work, which focuses on the media history of economic education in the United States in the late twentieth century, with particular attention to digital and material simulation as a means of invoking political and economic subjectivity in the public communication of finance and economics.

My prior work has included projects on: the telegraphic stock ticker and its relationship to developing notions of financial professionalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; sponsored cartoon films and political-economic perspectives in the early Cold War period; and concepts of freedom as articulated to communication technology in the early twenty-first century.

Per H. Jacobsen
Senior Engineer
University of Oslo
IT history

Annie Jamieson
Associate Curator
National Media Museum, UK
sound and vision technologies in musuems

Tina Jayroe

Brent Jesiek
Associate Professor, Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
Historical and social studies of computing and engineering

Dr. Jesiek's research interests are focused on the epistemological, social, and historical dimensions of engineering and computing, with particular emphasis on subjects related to engineering education, electrical and computer engineering, and educational technology. He also maintains active research interests related to the global and ethical dimensions of engineering education and practice.

Dongwon Jo
postdoctoral researcher
The IT Convergence Policy Research Institute, Seoul National University of Science & Technology
cultural studies of information technology

I have focused on research about the history of the Internet and digital information culture in South Korea. I just came across SIGCIS while searching, but I find this SIGCIS very interesting and useful to learn and exchange.

Mikkel Willum Johansen

Luanne Johnson
Co-Chair, Software Industry Special Interest Group
Computer History Museum
Software industry history, with a focus on business history.

Luanne Johnson is Co-Chair, with Burton Grad, of the Software Industry Special Interest Group at the Computer History Museum ( The Software Industry SIG is dedicated to preserving the history of the software industry by conducting oral histories, collecting historical source materials about companies in the industry, and organizing meetings and workshops where industry pioneers can come together to tell their stories. She was the Principal Investigator of the Information Technology Corporate Histories Project (, funded by the Sloan Foundation and managed by the Computer History Museum with advisory support from the Charles Babbage Foundation. The online collection developed by the project continues to grow through the efforts of the Software Industry SIG and other special interest groups at CHM. Johnson was a co-founder, with Grad, of the Software History Center which was acquired by the Computer History Museum in 2005 and which continues its work as the Software Industry SIG. Her background is in the software industry as the founder of a software company in the early 1970s and subsequently as president of the Information Technology Association of America (formerly ADAPSO).

Amy Johnson

Roger Johnson
Reader in Computer Science
Birkbeck College, London University
Computer History

Two areas of interest - pre-electronic computing devices and corporate history of IT companies. I have a particular interest in computers built by BTM in the UK including the work of Prof A D Booth at Birkbeck College.

From 2003-7 I was Chair of the Computer Conservation (History) Society of the British Computer Society. I am now its Programme Secretary - offers to speak when in London always welcome.

Ann Johnson
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
University of South Carolina
Computer simulations and computer-aided engineering methods

My main interests are in the historical development of simulation and CAE/CAD/CAM software for use by engineers and scientists. I am particularly interested these tools in the desktop-computing/PC-era (i.e., ~1990-present).

M. Cameron Jones
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Allan Jones
Open University
Social study of science and technology

History of science broadcasting
Philosophy of science
Communications technology
French language

Matthew Jones
Columbia University
early modern calculating machines / contemporary data technologies

- early modern calculating machines
- data mining
- surveillance technologies

Cliff Jones
Newcastle University
History of formal methods

Software in general; concurrency in particular; history of formal (mathematical) ways of specifying and designing software; includes formal semantics of programming languages

Anker Jorgensen
Associate Professor
IT University of Copenhagen
History of User Interfaces to Computers

My name is Anker Helms Jorgensen, currently employed as Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. In the last 1-2 years I've become interested in the history of user interfaces to computers. I've written a couple of papers on the topic (see one reference below), but they are from an internalist perspective. Coming from the computer science camp, I'm interested in getting to know the discourse of proper historians. I'm currently struggling with two sides of diversity in my project: creating a feasible bridge between a host of possible research questions and the vast amount of sources available. My background is an MSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I've been working as a systems developer, consultant, teacher, supervisor and researcher in User Interfaces, Usability and HCI for the last 30 years.

Reference: Jorgensen, A.H. and Udsen, L.E. (2005): From calculation to culture - a brief history of the computer as interface. In Jensen, K.B. (ed): Interface://Culture - the World Wide Web as a political resource and aesthetic form. Copenhagen: Samfundslitteratur, p. 31-52.

Sachin Kadam
Sinhgad Institute of Management and Computer Applications (SIMCA), Pune
Evolution of Computing

Evolution of Computing

Javad Kamyabi
Payesh Secure Processors
Automated Software Testing, Predictive Metric Evaluation

The main interested field along my academic life is data analysis. although during master studies i focused on using data analysis to validate some new metrics in automated software testing.

javad Kamyabi
Shiraz University
Software engineering and software testing

Just Software Defect Prediction

Carolyn Kane
PhD Candidate
New York University
New Media

New Media, Aesthetics, Philosophy, Color Theory

Carolyn Kane
PhD Candidate
New York University
New Media

New Media, Aesthetics, Philosophy, Color Theory

Elyssa Ilana Kanet
PhD Student
Bar Ilan University
Science, Technology and Society

Medical Ethics, Religion, Judaism, Organ Donation, Assisted Reproduction Technologies.

Laur Kanger
PhD student
University of Tartu
Information society, science and technology studies

Ilta-Kanerva Kankaanrinta
University of Helsinki
ICT in Education

Ilta-Kanerva Kankaanrinta

Yarden Katz
Harvard Medical School
History and philosophy of computation

History and philosophy of computation and information-processing; computation in biological systems

Toma Kawanishi
graduate student
Kyoto University
History of Computing, (especially in Europe)

Early programming language, Python, Digital Humanities,

Shreeharsh Kelkar
Graduate Student
History of Computing

I am interested in the history of computing, especially in the relationship between computing systems and organizational structures.

Sam Kellogg

Devin Kennedy
Doctoral Student
Harvard History of Science
History of Information Technology

Conor Kennedy
Consumer protection regulation, heuristics

Kimon Keramidas
Clinical Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities
New York University - Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program
Cultural history of media and technology

My research focuses on the study of media (both material devices and cultural texts) through the lenses of political economy and sociology of culture. I recently completed an exhibit titled The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing that considers how interface design has influenced computational and cultural experiences in the age of the personal computer. I also study the role of intellectual property in cultural production and am working on a book project on the development of corporate theatrical production in the late 1990s and the role of intellectual property in shaping commercial theatrical practices.

I am also interested in the intersection of interactive technology into pedagogy and through my work at NYU I work with faculty, staff, and students to find new ways to integrate digital media into scholarship and teaching. To that end I have also published about, taught, and lectured about the current and future potential for new creative and theoretical approaches to academic work through the use of alternative media practices.

Eric Kerr
Research Fellow
National University of Singapore

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell
Curator of Mathematics
The Smithsonian Institution

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell presently looks after the mathematics and computer collections at the National Museum of American History. She is much interested in the history of adding and calculating machines, mathematics education and mathematical recreations.

D. Kim

media, communication, information, technology

Clare Kim

Ian King
Curator of Education/Ph.D. student
Living Computer Museum/Information School, University of Washington
evolution of the minicomputer

Timesharing and emergent interactive computing, early evolution of HCI, operating system design and emergence, programming languages, multigenerational information systems.

Rose Kinsley

Stephen Kirby-Calder
Graduate student
University of Houston
History of information technology

David Kirsch
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

David Kirsch is based in a business school and much of his time is spent thinking and teaching about how the history of technology is intertwined with business history, in particular the worlds of strategy and entrepreneurship. His first major project looked at the early history of the electric vehicle and the role of the electric vehicle in the emergence of the motor vehicle industry ( The Electric Vehicle and the Burden of History (2000) and articles in Business History Review (2002) and Technology and Culture (2001) (the latter two with Gijs Mom)). Kirsch is now working on the emergence of the commercial internet industry, with specific emphasis on the Dot Com era of the late 1990s. To that end, he has created several digital archival collections relating to the Dot Com Era, including the Business Plan Archive ( which holds business planning materials from approximately 2,500 Dot Com era technology ventures. Kirsch is currently processing additional, analog materials that have arrived at the archive and would be delighted to share access to these collections with interested scholars. Also, he is a member of the Library of Congress' National Digital Preservation program (known by its inelegant bureaucratic acronym NDIIPP). More about this network of institutions is available at Some of the additional collections assembled under this program include legal records of failed Dot Com era companies. These are fascinating, but probably will not be available to researchers for several years due to various confidentiality and ethics concerns. Unfortunately, his own writing on these topics has taken a back seat to the challenges of actually assembling these varied materials and establishing a preservation regime that will ensure their availability to future generations of scholars. There are a few exceptions, including an upcoming paper with Dalit Baranoff on workplace culture in the Dot Com era that we will present at the Business History Conference in May in Minneapolis and a paper on the corporate demographics of the Dot Com boom and bust with Brent Goldfarb that we presented at the American Economics Association last January. As you can see, for some reason he likes to study failed technologies, failed companies, and anything having to do with failure. He doesn't know why.

David Kirsch
Ph. D. Candidate
University of Arkansas
Supercomputing during the Cold War

Chigusa Kita
Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University (Japan)
Man-Machine Systems, ARPAnet project, Xerox Parc, Japanese history of computing,

I have published a book on Alto system at Xerox Parc in the 70's in Japanese. My first book on technological vision on the development and implementations of time-sharing systems was also in Japanese. I hope both books will be translated into English in the near future. I have also started research on early Japanese computer scientist's personal papers. And she chose Kyoto University, one of the leading universities in Japan, to investigate how computing resource was created and what research topics were conducted through it in the 1960s. I hope comparative study on scientific computing between U.S. and Japan will be made through this archival research and interviews. With other Japanese researchers, I am collecting material on CPSR, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Currently, I have been serving as a member of editorial board of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing: department editor for Events and Sightings. Please contact me with any information on events, conferences, exhibitions, and so on, related to the history of computing.

2009-2010, I am a visiting scholar of H-Star Institute at Stanford University. I continue to use my work email ( and while I am at Stanford.

Virginia Kleist
Associate Professor, MIS
West Virginia University
Management Information Systems

Per Vingaard Klüver
History Department, University of Aarhus

Per Vingaard Klüver is a teaching assistant professor at the History Department at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He has been working with History of Technology in general and History of Computing as his focal area.

Tamara Kneese
Assistant Professor
University of San Francisco
Media studies, history of computing

Chris Knopf
independent writer
Research on computer history

I am a writer doing research for a book on the development of Remington Rand computers in the late 40s and early 50s. I’m working in concert with the son of one of the principals during this period. This is turning out to be a very challenging project, since my cohort’s father died in 1970 and virtually all the official records of this period at Remington Rand no longer exist. We are in serious need of help from anyone who may share interest in this period, both in the history and technology.

Nicholas Knouf

noise, media art, history of information theory and cybernetics

Thaweesak Koanantakool
National Science and Technology Development Agency
Natural Language Processing

Evan Koblentz
President, Vintage Computer Federation Inc.
Vintage computer collecting, history of portable computers, history of personal computing

Vintage Computer Federation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. I personally have four primary interests. 1., The history of mobile/portable computers (I wrote a book on this subject). 2. History of military computing, particularly in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. 3. How to bridge the gap and advocate cooperation between amateurs (vintage computer collectors/hobbyists) and professionals (computer scientists, historians, journalists, professors). 4. History of microcomputing.

Hara Konsta
Doctoral Candidate
National & Kapodistrian University of Atnens
Computing History and Gender in Greece

Al Kossow
Software Curator
Computer History Museum
Software Preservation

Software Preservation
History of Computing
History of Systems Engineering

Evangelos Kotsioris
PhD Candidate, History and Theory of Architecture
Princeton School of Architecture

My research interests center on the intersections of architecture with science, technology and media. My dissertation, entitled “Komp’iuter Architecture(s): 195X-198X,” composes an architectural history of computerization during the Cold War, by focusing on the introduction, dissemination and use of the digital electronic computer in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc between the late 1950s and the early 1980s.

Peter Koval
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
history and philosophy of information technology

As a scholar of cultural studies I am interested the history and philosophy of technology, in particular of information technologies: My PhD thesis unfolds the intractable genealogy and evidence of the so called "Moore’s Law".

Currently I do research on the historical epistemology of information architectures in the context of interdisciplinarity research and organizational design at the cluster of excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at the Humboldt University.

Most of my research is inspired by the philosophical questions of the „order and orientation“ and the human condition in the digital age.

By invitation of Tom Haigh.

Michael Kramer
Northwestern University
Vernacular Culture and Music, Cultural and Intellectual History, Citizenship, Public Sphere, Mass Media, Technology, Consumerism, 1960s

I am a historian of modern US cultural and intellectual history, with interests in vernacular culture and music, citizenship and the public sphere, intellectual and cultural history, mass media and technology. Book -- The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (OUP, 2013); blogs,,

Jean Kumagai
senior editor
IEEE Spectrum

At IEEE Spectrum, I solicit and edit articles on the history of electrotechnology, including the history of computing. Andy Russell recommended that I join SIGCIS to keep abreast of the field and learn about SIGCIS activities at SHOT meetings.

Scott Kushner
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
University of Rhode Island
Media and Cultural Studies

Lurking, new media, technologies of inclusion and exclusion, algorithmic culture, tickets.

Arthe Van Laer
Institute for European Studies University of Louvain Place des Doyens 1 B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium

Arthe Van Laer is preparing a PhD thesis in Contemporary History on the policy of the European Communities in the field of information and communication technologies (from the first EC initiatives in the middle of the 1960s to the launch of the ESPRIT programme in 1984).

Rafael Lahoz-Beltra
Associate Professor/Chairman Department
Dept. Applied Mathematics (Biomathematics), Faculty of Biological Sciences, Complutense University, 28040 MADRID, Spain
modeling and simulation in biology, retrocomputing in artificial intelligence

History of computer modeling and simulation in Biology. I am interested in the history of Artificial Life as well as in the reconstruction of historical simulations in Artificial Intelligence using retrocomputing methods. I wrote a book about Alan Turing biography (in Spanish, see, First edition 2005, second 2010). In summer 2008 I was visiting in UK: Bletchley Park, "baby" computer in Manchester, etc. recording a video and taking photographs, etc.

Kevin Lambert
Assistant Professor
California State University Fullerton
History of eighteenth and nineteenth century science and technology

I am especially interested in the materialization of mathematics through computing. At present I am working on a paper about Claude Shannon's application of Boolean algebra to relay circuits.

John Laprise
Assistant Professor in Residence
Northwestern University
History of ICTs and National Security

John Laprise's research explores the inter-relationship between ICT adoption, policy, and national security in the US. My current research focuses on the Nixon, Ford, and Carter Administrations, examining how and why computers were initially adopted by these White Houses and how adoption shaped US policy. I have worked as a telecommunications and competitive intelligence consultant designing, executing, and managing projects for Fortune 500 clients. My work has been published in the IEEE journal Technology and Society.

Mary Larson
Associate Dean for Special Collections
Oklahoma State University Libraries
Digital humanities

Digital humanities; intersection of technology, history and anthropology; ethics in the use of technology for cultural heritage purposes

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delete this account. sigcis is no longer an organization i am proud to be a member of.

Catherine Lathwell
History of Computing; APL

Kenneth Latta
University of Michigan
Design Methodology

Problem Representation, Secondary and Exploratory Data Analysis

Josh Lauer
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
University of New Hampshire
Media history

History of communication technology, surveillance, financial institutions and networks.

Peter Lawless
University of Michigan
German History / Digital History

Visual Cultures
Travel Cultures
Digital History

David Laws
Curator, Semiconductor Special Interest Group (SemiSIG)
Computer History Museum, Mounatin View, CA
History of semiconductors and Silicon Valley

Emmanuel Lazard
Associate Professor of Computer Science
University Paris-Dauphine
Computing and history of computing

Andrew Leahey
Drexel University
History of Technology

Dylan Lederle-Ensign
Graduate Student
UC Santa Cruz

History of Software Engineering
History of Computer Games
Software Studies and interpretations of software

jongmin lee
University of Virginia
surveillance and privacy, RF-ID, infrastructure and public participation, Asia

I would like to develop my interests (research and teaching) in computer and internet history. I have been attending SHOT for several years and wanted to be SIGCIS members.

Francis Lee
Assistant Professor
Linköping University
Science and Technology Studies

I’m an Assistant Professor at the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change at Linköping University in Sweden. I work in the research environment ValueS. My primary research interests are in the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. I have dealt with this question in different ways: by studying the valuation of knowledge in the biosciences, epistemic standards in education, and exclusion in sociotechnical processes. My primary areas of expertise in STS include value practices in science and technology studies, the issue of critical sociology vs. a sociology of critique, actor-network theory (and after), large scale bioscience, technical infrastructures and standards, and epistemic aspects of educational technology.

Crystal Lee

Clarissa Ai Ling Lee
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Malaysia and International Studies
computational modelling in physics and mathematics, big data, critical code studies,

I have worked in literature and science, critical theory, critical code studies, feminist philosophy, history of physics, philosophy of science, and media archaeology.

Timo Leimbach
Fraunhofer Institue for Systems and Innovation Research
History of Development and Application of Information Technology in Business

Timo Leimbach is working on PhD thesis about "The Software Industry in Germany. Development and Application of Inforamtion Technology between the 1950s and 1990s.". The aim of the thesis is not only to show how the German software companies like SAP AG or Software AG and others like Softlab were created and how the succeed in the German market and as well in the World market. Beside of this the major aim of the work is to show how the interaction of development and use of Software and in a broader sense Information Technology created and changed the conditions of the structures in the case of of the German Software Industry. This includes a discussion of the impact of computer systems in companies and the interaction with consulting firms in the field of organizational and strategic consulting.

Alexandra Lekka
Phd researcher
Universiry of Athens, Department od Education, Laboratoty or Science Didactics nad Epistemology and of Educational Technology
Cultural history-heritage studies

Hellenic History of Computing and calculating apparatus

Theodore Lekkas
Doctoral Candidate in History of Computing Technology
University of Athens
History of Greek Software Industry

Theodore Lekkas is a doctoral candidate at the University of Athens. He is currently working on the history of Greek software houses. A more special research interest is related to how the icon of Europe influenced the development of the Greek Software Industry.

Rebecca Lemov
Assoc. Prof.
History of science Harvard
history of human sciences and history of technology

I'm writing a book called "Database of Dreams: Social Science's Forgotten Archive of How to Be Human" about mid-20th-century experiments in collecting large amounts of "subjective materials" as data and storing it in microform (to be published by Yale Univ Press in Fall 2015). I also teach a class called "Big Data: Past, Present, Future" in my department (a seminar). I found out about SIGCIS because two grad students mentioned they subscribed to it, and the discussions sounded interesting.

Chris Leslie
Fulbright Professor
South China University of Technology

Hypertext and new media, internationalization of Internet technology, social construction of technology

Giuseppe Lettieri

Raya Leviathan
Tel Aviv University

Aron Levy
Seeker of Employment
Graduate of the University of Florida
Military applications of computer technology

I was the last History of Technology major at UF, and I feel this would be a great group to join. Can't wait to meet everyone in Portland next month!

Nicholas Lewis
Los Alamos National Laboratory
History of Supercomputing

The development and use of supercomputing and its related technologies in the AEC and DOE Lab system, focusing primarily on Los Alamos.

Xiaochang Li
PhD Candidate
New York University
Media History

I am a PhD Candidate in the department of media, culture, and communications at NYU, and am working on a dissertation examining the history of predictive text systems in computing. I heard about SIGCIS from a colleague of mine in the department.

Dallas Liddle
Associate Professor
Augsburg College
19C Britain

I'm actually a literature/book history scholar, but have gotten interested in the intersection of communications and coding technologies with literary innovation in the early 19C.

Jen Light
Visiting Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jen Light

Just shifting to my new email account. I seem to be getting emails at Northwestern still.

Ling-Fei Lin
Cornell University
STS, history of technology, history of computers and semiconductors

STS, history of technology, history of computers and semiconductors

Jon Lindsay
Military computing

Silvia Lindtner
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
Information, STS, China studies, HCI

Bernadette Longo
University of Minnesota

Bernadette Longo is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the field of scientific and technical communication. Her books "Spurious Coin: A History of Science, Management, and Technical Writing" (SUNY Press, 2000) and "Citical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies" (co-edited with Blake Scott and Katherine Wills, SUNY Press, 2006) explore the intersections of technical communication and society. She is currently writing a biography of computer pioneer Edmund Berkeley and his ideas of the social responsibilities of computer developers. This biography is part of a larger research project exploring how the metaphors of robot and brain shaped what we think of as (im)possible human-computer relationships.

Tamara Lopez
King's College London

Yanni Loukissas
Assistant Professor of Digital Media
School of Literature, Media and Communication. Georgia Tech

Cultural dimensions of data, mapping, modeling, visualization, simulation and prototyping

Henry Lowood
Curator, History of Science & Technology Collections
Stanford University
History and preservation of software

Software, game, and computing history; software preservation.

Rob Lucas

Per Lundin
Associate Professor in History of Technology
Div. of Science, Technology and Society, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Users and uses of computing technology, computing technology and politics, oral history

Jun Luo
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Toronto
Foundations of Computation, Information, and Cognition

Lai Ma
Doctoral Student, Adjunct Lecturer
School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Robert MacDougall
Assistant Professor
University of Western Ontario
Late 19th & early 20th C US technology and business

Rob MacDougall is a historian of technology and business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a special interest in the pre-history of computing and the information networks of Gilded Age North America. His book manuscript, The People's Telephone, is a comparative history of the telephone industry in the United States and Canada from the 1870s through the 1920s, and the way the dueling networks of that era embodied competing arguments about the economy and society. He is also interested in the history of crank inventors and pseudoscience in America, and blogs informally at

Val Macduff
Part time Phd Student
Curtin University, Perth

Softeware engineering
Genetic algorithms

Joly MacFie
VP (Admin)
Internet Society - New York Chapter
Internet culture

I'm interested in all aspects of Internet culture, history, and development. My specialty is video and webcasting, particularly of music.

Julien Mailland
Assistant Professor
Indiana University, Telecommunications
Minitel, early digital information distribution networks, network policy, regulation, and history

Minitel, early digital information distribution networks, network policy, regulation and history. Learned about SIGCIS through colleagues

J. Carles Maixé-Altés
Profesor titular de universidad - Economic and Business History
University of A Coruña
Banking and financial history

Research Interests:
Automation and mechanisation on financial services.
Financial institutions and banking activity in Europe in relation to the economic and institutional change. More specifically banks and saving banks relationships.
Monetary markets in Spain and Europe in eighteenth and ninetieth centuries.

Current Research Program:
"Technological change and market contestability: the automation of European banks," in collaboration: Dr. B. Batiz-Lazo (School of Management, University of Leicester-UK), and Prof. Paul Thomes (Aachen University-Germany);
"Integration of Monetary Markets in historical perspective. The application of the univariate and multivariate GARCH models‚" in collaboration Dr. Emma M. Iglesias, Michigan State University (USA).

Andrew Mamo
Graduate Student
History Department and Office for the History of Science and Technology, UC Berkeley
History of Technology, Intellectual History

My dissertation looks at computer development in the United States in the context of industrial organization from the 1950s-1970s. I am interested in relating computing technology to social thought concerning labor and identity.

Chris Mance
Business Analyst
Lockheed Martin
Software Engineering

Business and IT Alignment, Enterprise Architecture, IT Strategy, Benchmarking, Empirical Analysis

James Markevitch
Principal Engineer
Cisco Systems
Computer Science

Restoration of historic computer hardware and software.
Some public contributions in this area have included specialized OCR of Fortran II source code, running First edition UNIX, and actIvities related to the restoration of ARPANET IMP software, as well as others, often as part of a team.
Personal activities involve restoring minicomputers and other systems to functioning condition.
I became aware of SIGCIS from member Guy Fedorkow.

Matt Markle
Business Development Executive
Insight Enterprises
History of Information Technology

I was a history major in college and have been working in the IT field for 8 years, in roles from Sales, Consulting to Technician. I have an interest in "marrying" my love of history with the love of my profession. I wish to be part of an organization who I can work with on researching the history of how we communicate today.

Allison Marsh
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina
history of technology / public history

Ian Martin
Lecturer, Communication and Systems
Open University, UK
The history and sociology of computing work

I currently teach Information Systems, but recently completed a part-time PhD at the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester (viva August 2010) under the supervision of James Sumner. My thesis title is 'Centring the computer in the business of banking: Barclays Bank and technological change, 1954-1974' [a copy awaiting corrections is available from my home page]. My work considers the sociology and history of computing work from spatial and temporal perspectives. I have concentrated thus far on business history and the banking sector.

Barbara Mason

Looking for original 1998 software. In particular looking for copies of Wanted Jobs '98 and Job Finder 1.0 -- These two pieces of software were game-changers for on-line job searching,

Jeff Mathias
Phd student
Cornell University
Cultural history of media and technology

history of computing, history of psychoanalysis, material culture studies, STS, media history and theory

Bill Mauchly
System Architect
Cisco Systems
Eckert-Mauchly Computers

1940's computers, Digital Signal Processing, playing guitar, 30's and 40's swing and jazz

. Maxigas

European hacking history, IRC, old technologies used by innovators, cybernetics as ideology.

Willard McCarty
King's College London and University of Western Sydney
digital humanities, mostly history of

history of computing; history of technology; science studies; literary studies

Patrick McCray
University of California
Computers, astronomy, data

I teach and do research on the history of technology at UCSB. Some of my new projects relate to computing and data.

Chris McDonald
Graduate Student
Princeton University

Chris McDonald is a PhD student in the Princeton History of Science program. Before entering the world of history, he studied computer science and worked in the computer industry. His areas of interest include the history of electronics and computing, the history of Cold War science and technology, and modern American history. He is working on a thesis on the history of the utility model of computing - that is to say, the idea of delivering computer power like electrical power. He is interested in its intellectual origins, its political implications, and its technological instantiations.

Zachary McDowell
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Katherine McFadden
Graduate Student
University of South Carolina

Andrew McGee
PhD Candidate
University of Virginia
Political History of the Computer

2011-12 Tomash Fellow. Interested in intersection of political/policy history and history of computing.


Mainframing America: Computers, Systems, and the Transformation of U.S. Policy and Society, 1940-1985

Michael McGovern
Graduate Student
Princeton University
Computers in Biomedicine and the Human Sciences

The role played by computers in epistemological shifts in the sciences
Mainframe computing and the emergence of data collection norms
Information management in the transition to personal computing
Early, pre-digital/electronic computational practices and instruments

Jim McGrath

Paul McJones
Software Preservation Group of the Computer History Museum

Paul McJones is interested in the history of computer software, particularly from a scientific and engineering point of view: the evolution of algorithms, abstractions, systems, languages, applications, etc. He is currently involved in collecting and preserving source code, design documentation, user documentation, etc., of historic software. As a founding member of the Software Preservation Group at the Computer History Museum, he has assembled several collections including the original IBM 704 Fortran/Fortran II compiler from the team led by John Backus, as well as extensive collections of Algol, Lisp, C++, and other languages and systems. From 1967 to 2009 he was employed in software research and development, including early timesharing and programming language work at U.C. Berkeley, functional programming and transaction processing at IBM Research, personal distributed computing at Xerox, Tandem, and DEC, and enterprise software at two startups. He and Alexander Stepanov published the book _Elements of Programming_ in 2009.

Fenwick McKelvey
Assistant Professor
Concordia University
Internet history; IMPs

Brian McKernan
Postdoctoral Associate
The Institute for Informatics, Logics, and Security Studies University at Albany, SUNY
Media and Popular Culture in Civil Society

Media and Popular Culture in Civil Society, Cultural Sociology, Game Studies, Social Construction of Technology

Ken McLean
History of Computing

Sarah McLennan
Adjunct Instructor
College of William & Mary
Early history of computing

William McMillan
Professor and Director
Concordia University, Ann Arbor
Computer Science

My education has been in experimental psychology, computer science, and business administration. I was at Eastern Michigan University, reaching the rank of professor of computer science and serving as department head for over seven years. I moved to Concordia University, Ann Arbor, to start a program in computer science. (CUAA has merged with Concordia U., Wisconsin, which has a well-established computer science program.) My original area of specialization was artificial intelligence, and I have also been engaged in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and the history of computing, especially of programming techniques and tools.

Ignasi Meda
PhD student
Autonomous University of Barcelona / Center for the History of Science
Media technologies and history of videogames

History of technologies and its relationship with the social and cultural contexts.

Eden Medina
Assistant Professor of Informatics Computing
Indiana University, Bloomington
technology and politics

Eden Medina is Assistant Professor of Informatics and Computing and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. Medina's research uses technology as a means to understand historical processes and she combines the history of technology, Latin American history, and science and technology studies in her writings. She is the author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press, 2011). The book tells the history of the Chilean Cybersyn Project, an early computer network designed to regulate Chile's economic transition to socialism during the government of Salvador Allende. She uses the Cybersyn history to illustrate how political innovation can spur technological innovation, the ways that political projects shape the design, function, and use of computer systems, and how computers have been used historically to bring about structural changes in society. Medina has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the American Council for Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Charles Babbage Institute, the Mellon Foundation, and the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology. In 2007 she received the IEEE Life Members' Prize in Electrical History. She currently serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

James Meese
Research Fellow
The University of Melbourne
Copyright Law

Copyright Law, Media Studies, Computing History, Post-Broadcast Television, Mobile Phones and Pacific Culture. I'm currently looking into discourses around use and am beginning to turn to computing history as part of this research trajectory. I found out about SIGCIS through the recent Morozov debates.

Baptiste Mélès
CNRS, Archives Henri-Poincaré, Université de Lorraine
Philosophy of computer science

I am interested about philosophy of computer science. My research is about the connection between history of philosophy and formal sciences (logic, mathematics, computer science).

The historian of computer science Pierre Mounier-Kuhn told me about SIGCIS.

Sandeep Mertia
Research Associate
The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
Technology Studies

I'm an ICT engineer by training with research interests in STS, Software Studies, New Media and Anthropology.

drjones methews


Peter Meyer
Research economist
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
technology change, sources and effects; economics

Peter Meyer was a software engineer at Symantec Corp from 1988-1994, then went to graduate school in economics. Now he is a research economist in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington D.C., in the office that produces productivity statistics. He explores similarities and differences between episodes of dramatic technological change, such as these: New technologies seem produce statistically measurable turbulence in society, like a rise in earnings inequality. And, radically new technologies seem to advance through open-source kinds of development. Both phenomena could come about because new technologies are hard to predict. He has an interest in open source type technology development in software and elsewhere.

Jessica Meyerson

Mara Mills
Assistant Professor
History of Communication Technology, Disability Studies

Esther Milne
Associate Professor
Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
email history

Marko Milutinovic
Collecting and restorating/repairing digital computers

Photography, Music production, Guitar playing, Computers, Electronics etc, Computer history, Vintage computers.
I'm an freelance IT technician, I don't have any formal education. I was born, and live in Serbia. My primary interest regarding historical computers are computers that were built in Yugoslavia. I made a contacts here and there, and I'm currently working on a movie about this failed industry that had great potential. I found out about SIGCIS from reddit.

Darakhshan Mir

Thomas Misa
Director, Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
history of technology

I am a historian specializing in the interactions of technology and modern culture. My undergraduate degree is from M.I.T. (1981) and my Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania (1987). While at Illinois Institute of Technology (1987-2005), I was active in the international Tensions of Europe network and several collaborative research and book projects. I am now director of the Charles Babbage Institute, holding the ERA Land-Grant Chair in History of Technology with a faculty appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and teaching in the Program for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine. Research projects at CBI are presently supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Laboratories. I am on the lookout for book projects in the history of computing for possible publication with MIT Press and ACM Books.

Dan Misener

Christine Mitchell
Postdoctoral Researcher
machine translation, Artificial Intelligence, media history, media archaeology

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. I'm interested in changing conceptions of language and translation as they intersect with technology, particularly with respect to histories of machine translation and natural language processing.

Sandra Mols
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Faculté d'Informatique, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium
History of Computing in Belgium; Computational error; Material cultures of computing; Failure (in system, human aspects and national development)

For her PhD Sandra Mols worked on practices of scientific computing, exploring how uses of scientific computing allowed elaboration and warranting of scientific knowledge. She explored the emergence and role of expert know-how at tackling the errors occurring during computational processing of information. Her work examines practices of computational methods in British crystallography that began, from the 1930s onwards to make extensively use of harmonic and least-squares modelling. She showed how research making extensive use of computational techniques led to the growth of expert skills and knowledge in the analysis and processing of results and their related errors. Ihis acquisition of skills was due to facing troubles with the limitations coming from the technical specificities of machines (e.g. storage)‚ and of computational methods (e.g. modelling assumptions). People and topics she has explored are numerical analysts, Fourier analysis, error analysis (esp. related to truncation and rounding-off), experimental error, numbers and quantification, conflict between mathematical and broader scientific understanding of computational error.

In 2007, Mols moved towards a project on the exploration of the history of computing in Belgium (www: As regards to primary sources, this project had led to a first collect of interviews and of more traditional archives for the historical and sociological exploration of computing in Belgium of which cataloguing and treatment is under way. As regards to analysis, Mols's interests lay with the exploration of the processes at work in the transfer, dissemination and appropriation of electronic computing technology and know-how to continental Europe.

Nick Montfort
associate professor of digital media
digital media and creative computing

interactive fiction and narrative * imaginative and poetic digital writing * material history of computing * video and computer games * creativity and computing

Montfort, with Ian Bogost, wrote Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009), the first book in the Platform Studies series. He wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction (MIT Press, 2003), and, with William Gillespie, 2002: A Palindrome Story (Spineless Books, 2002), which the Oulipo acknowledged as the world's longest literary palindrome. He also edited The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 (with N. Katherine Hayles, Stephanie Strickland, and Scott Rettberg, ELO, 2006) and The New Media Reader (with Noah Wardrip-Fruin, MIT Press, 2003). His current work is on narrative variation in interactive fiction and the role of platforms in creative computing.

Elisabetta Mori
PhD Student in the History and Philosophy of Computing
Middlesex University
History of business computing 1950s 1960s

History and Philosophy of Computing, LEO Computers, Olivetti Computers, History of business computing in the 1950s and 1960s in Europe

Jeffrey Moro
PhD Student
University of Maryland, College Park
Digital Studies / Digital Humanities

I work in the digital humanities and digital studies on topics across electronic literature, media archaeology, and software studies. Specific interests include the textual and material history of media forms and technologies, particularly in relationship to political practice, obsolescence, waste, sustainability, infrastructure, and anthropogenic climate change.

Pierre Mounier-Kuhn
Chargé de recherche, CNRS & Paris-Sorbonne University. Chercheur associé with the Centre Alexandre Koyré
History of Computing in France and in Europe

Pierre Mounier-Kuhn has published three books:

• In 2010 an analysis of the emergence of computing in French research and higher education:
L'Informatique en France, de la Seconde Guerre mondiale au Plan Calcul. L'Emergence d'une Science
(Presses de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2010, 720 p.)

• In 2013 a corporate history on information technologies in a major French bank:
Mémoires Vives. 50 Ans d'Informatique chez BNP Paribas (BNP Paribas, 2013, 196 p.)

• In 2016, a global, richly illustrated History of Computing (in French in its initial version). Emmanuel Lazard & Pierre Mounier-Kuhn, Histoire illustree de l’informatique, Paris, EDP Sciences.


His main fields of interest are:
• The historical geography of computer science and the process of academic discipline building
• IT in banks
• Computer & peripheral manufacturers in France, particularly IBM, Bull, SEA, and new entrants
• Software & service companies, particularly the service bureau sector
• The development of early Air & Navy defense systems, and their influence on the French computer industry
• Governmental policies regarding computer technology and industry.
• Transnational relationships in the scientific and industrial spheres, particularly between the USA and France, within Europe and with the former communist countries.

He collects contemporary art in the form of vintage computer cards and components.

P. Mounier-Kuhn has co-organized a number of international conferences, exhibitions and publications in these fields, and published some 60 papers in French and in English. He participated in "Software for Europe", a collaborative research project within the European Science Foundation. He served in the jury of the Computer History Museum Book Prize (2010-2012).

Hajar Mozaffar
University of Edinburgh
Innovation in Communities

Packaged Software
User Groups
Knowledge Management

dylan mulvin
Postdoctoral Researcher
Microsoft Research New England

Mary Murrell
University of Wisconsin, Madison
digitization, digital libraries

Jan Müggenburg
Research Assistant
Leuphana University Lueneburg
Media Studies, History and Philosophy of Science

Jan Mueggenburg is currently working as a post doctoral research assistant at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at the Leuphana University in Lueneburg. He publishes and lectures about the history of computing, cybernetics and bionics. His P.Hd.-thesis deals with the history and epistemology of the cybernetic machines built at Heinz von Foerster‘s Biological Computer Laboratory. His latest publications include: “Der Delfin als Medium. Formation und Imagination in John C. Lillys Kommunikationsexperimenten,” Designing Thinking: Angewandte Imagination und Kreativität um 1960, ed. Claudia Mareis (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2016), 187–213 and “Clean by Nature. Lively Surfaces and the Holistic-Systemic Heritage of Contemporary Bionik,” communication +1, 3 (2014): Article 9.

Jeff Nagy
Doctoral Student
Stanford University
History of Technology; Gender and Sexuality Studies

History of network technologies; comparative computing history; cultural articulation of emerging technologies; pornography studies; gender and engineering cultures.

Enrico Natale
Director, Swiss portal for the historical sciences
History, Digital Humanities, Scholarly Communication

History of Computing, History of the web, Uses of communication technology in historical research, Historical studies about communication technologies

Simone Natale
Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies
Loughborough University, UK
Media studies

I am interested in how digital media and computing are imagined and represented, and how this informs how they are used and inserted into our everyday experience and life.

R. Arvid Nelsen
Archivist & Curator
Charles Babbage Institute
Social impact of computing

Impact of computing on society across a broad array of subjects, including jobs and the economy, the environment, war, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion and spirituality, utopias/dystopias; also diversity within the industry

Hans Neukom
Independent Researcher
Computer History

Michael Newman
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
media studies

cinema television video games media technology history popular culture

lilly nguyen

David Nofre
Independent scholar
European cooperation - computer science - programming languages

David Nofre is an independent scholar based in Leiden, the Netherlands. Nofre has a PhD in the history of science from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a MSc in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam from 2008 until 2011. He specializes in the history of computer science, programming languages, and European cooperation in computing.

Laine Nooney
Assistant Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
computer and video game history

computer and video game history, personal computing, game studies, media archaeology, feminist and queer studies, visual cultur

Ola Nordal
NTNU, University of Trondheim, Norway
History of computing in Norway

Joseph November
Assistant Professor
Department of History, University of South Carolina
History of Biomedical Computing

I am on academic leave for the year 2007-2008 to serve as the DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. There my research explores the role of the NIH in promoting the development of computer technology in the 1960s. Specifically, I am investigating the NIH's Advisory Committee on Computers in Research (ACCR) during its tenure as the primary sponsor, and arguably the primary shaper, of American biomedical computing in the early-to-mid 1960s. Generously supported by a U.S. Senate trying to boost United States science vis-à-vis the USSR, the ACCR fostered the development of several major biomedical computing centers (at MIT, UCLA, and Washington University, among others) as well as exemplary computer systems, most notably the Laboratory Instrument Computer (LINC), a predecessor to the personal computer, and the Dendritic Algorithm (DENDRAL), an early expert system. For all of its influence, however, the ACCR's goals and workings remain opaque. By directly examining NIH archival collections, private collections, artifacts (e.g., computers and analog-to-digital conversion equipment), and interviewing surviving participants, I aim to elucidate the precise priorities of the ACCR and place those priorities into the context of the NIH's transformation into a major center and sponsor of research during the 1960s.

Federico Novick

Casey O'Donnell
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia
Videogame Development; History of Computing; Science and Technology Studies

Casey O'Donnell is an Assistant Professor in the Grady College at the University of Georgia. His research examines the complex socio-technical intersections/interactions that occur during the design and development of videogames. This research examines the power dynamics that occur in both professional "AAA" organizations and formal and informal "independent" game development communities. His research has spanned game development companies from the United States to India. His research examines issues of work, production, copyright, as well as third world and postcolonial aspects of the videogame development workplace.

Claire Oliver
Portland State University
History of Science and Technology

History of computing, history of communications technology, history of modern science

Allan Olley
Independent Scholar
History of Interactions between computers and the physical sciences

Allan's research focuses on the role of the computer in the natural sciences, particularly physics and astronomy. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the scientific career of astronomer, IBM researcher and computer pioneer Wallace J. Eckert (1902-1971) in the fall of 2010 and received his degree from the University of Toronto in 2011. He is now focusing his research on the role of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in celestial mechanics in the later half of the 20th century. He also has interests in the early history of computers in the 1940s and 50s, the use of calculating machines in science in the pre-computer era, especially IBM machines in the 1930s and 40s, the practice and culture of computation in science in the pre-computer era, and the history of IBM. Finally Allan also has an interest in the philosophical implications of the computer's use in science.

Takushi Otani
Associate Professor
Kibi Internationla University, Japan
History and philosophy of technology

History of computing in Japan, history of semiconductor technology and business in Japan, philosophy and history of intellectual property, philosophy of privacy and anonymity.

Abdullah Oztop
Master Student
Yalova University
History of computer

I'm interested in metaphysical and theological aspects of early calculators and computers.

Drew Paine
Software Studies

Petri Paju
Post-doc researcher
Department of Cultural History, University of Turku (Finland)
International history of computing, IBM World Trade Corp.

Petri Paju wrote his dissertation (Cultural History, University of Turku, 2008) on information technology and nationalism. Dissertation title: Building ”Ilmarinen’s Finland”: the Committee for Mathematical Machines and computer construction as a national project in the 1950s. University of Turku publications C 269. -It's in Finnish with an English Summary in the end.

Petri's current research deals with IBM's various roles in Europe during the Cold War. He is a member of the Software for Europe project group in European Science Foundation’s research programme Inventing Europe, Technology and the Making of Europe, from 1850 to the Present (2007–2010).

Recent publications:
Paju, Petri: “IBM Manufacturing in the Nordic Countries.” In John Impagliazzo, Per Lundin, Benkt Wangler (Eds.): History of Nordic Computing 3. IFIP AICT 350. Springer, Heidelberg 2011, 215–227.
Paju, Petri & Durnová, Helena: “Computing Close to the Iron Curtain: Inter/national Computing Practices in Czechoslovakia and Finland.” Comparative Technology Transfer and Society. December 2009, vol. 7, no. 3 issue. /
Impagliazzo, John & Järvi, Timo & Paju, Petri (Eds.), History of Nordic Computing 2. Springer, Berlin 2009. /
Paju, Petri: ”National Projects and International Users: Finland and Early European computerization”. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. Vol. 30, 4/2008, 77–91. -- Articles are available on my website.

Camille Paloque-Berges
CNAM, France
Digital Networks history

Phd in Information and Communication sciences (held from Univesity Paris 8, France), researching Internet history and more specifically the evolution of social communication on digital networks and the role of computer sciences and engineering communities in the development of socio-technical networks. Currently post-doctoral researcher at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris, France), associate researcher at laboratories DICEN (Devices for Information and Communication in the Digital Era) and HT2S (History of Technosciences in Society). I discovered SIGGCIS through the Association of Internet Researchers mailing-list.

Paul Pangaro

David Parisi
Associate Professor
College of Charleston
Human-Computer Interface

Dongoh Park
PhD Student
Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Informatics and Computing
Social Informatics, History of Computing

Giuditta Parolini
PhD student
University of Bologna
History of Computing in Life Sciences

My doctoral research project is about computing and the rise of a statistical frame of mind in agricultural and biological research. I want to examine how computing practices and instruments – especially digital computers – gave to both mathematicians and life scientists effective tools for tackling with statistics biological and agricultural problems and which role played computing in the development of a statistical frame of mind.
I will consider two case studies in Britain, the Statistical Department at Rothamsted Experimental Station and the Galton Laboratory at University College London. At Rothamsted since the 1920s Ronald A. Fisher promoted the statisticians’ active involvement into the design of surveys and field experiments, the acquisition of mechanical aids for computation and the hiring of human computers. In 1954, thanks to Frank Yates, Fisher's successor, Rothamsted housed the first digital computer in Britain devoted to statistical calculations and made it available for a wide community of researchers, including workers from the Galton Laboratory. Investigating computing practices, methodologies and negotiations among statisticians, biologists and agricultural scientists in the local context throughout the period 1930s-mid 1970s will offer an enriched portrait of the development of a statistical frame of mind in agriculture and life sciences in Britain.

Ulysses Pascal
Doctoral Student
UCLA Information Studies
Financial Information Infrastructure

Samir Passi
PhD Student
Cornell University
Science & Technology Studies

My name is Samir Passi - a PhD student in the department of Information Science at Cornell University. A visiting researcher at my institution told me about this email list. My research interests lie at the intersection of Information Science and Science & Technology Studies. Specifically: I am interested in sociology of testing, information infrastructures, ethnomethodology, and sociology of evaluation.

Jan-H. Passoth
Post Doc
Bielefeld University
Sociology, STS, Infrastructure

Stephen Patnode
Visiting Assistant Professor
Temple University

I completed my PhD in History at Stony Brook University in 2008. I also have an MA in the history of technology, environment, and medicine from the Federated History Department of NJIT/Rutgers-Newark. My main research interest is technology, gender, and labor. I also have research interests in the history of medicine and I have begun a new project that looks at American expatriate oil workers.

Andy Patros
early computer graphics

Sandy Payette
PhD Student
Cornell University
Science and Technology Studies - History of Computing

History of computing
Social values
Peer-production communities and open source

Laura Pecchioli
Dr. Arch.
University of Heidelberg
Information technology and 3D visualization

I have always been fascinated by both Architecture and Computing Technology. My background comes as an architect in the conservation of archaeological sites with a passion for technology. In these last years I have increased my skills and knowledge in HCI, interaction Design, Design Theory etc.

Robin Peckham

Dove Pedlosky
Assistant Director, External Affairs
New York University
Internet History

History of the Internet and network technologies

Tiago Peixoto
Research Director
Electronic Democracy Centre
history / technology & politics

mannie perdoro

code promo et réduction sur le web

Rebecca Perry
Graduate Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Digital 3D Modeling, Science, Technology and Society

history of 3D modeling, history of visualization in science, engineering and entertainment; history and technology of computer animation and computer game design

Rebecca Perry
Research Associate
University of Virginia
Computer graphics, 3D modeling, animation, film and special effects

Chris Peterson
research affiliate / lecturer
distributed cognition

Loïc Petitgirard
Assistant Professor
Conservatoire national des arts et métiers
History of mathematics and computing

Histoire of calculating instruments / computing. History of mathematics / Theory of dynamical systems.

Tomas Petricek
Computer Science

Computer Science, Programming Langauges, History and Philosophy of Programming

Elizabeth Petrick
PhD Candidate
University of California, San Diego
History of the Personal Computer

Aaron Plasek
doctoral student in History
Columbia University
History of Science

experimental criticism, history & philosophy of science, history of probability and statistics (17th to 21st C.), U.S. history, machine learning, 20th & 21st C. poetry & poetics, postmodern fiction, computational stylistics, authorship attribution, academic freedom

Martha Poon
Data & Society Research Institute
consumer credit

I am writing a history of commercial algorithms for credit scoring in consumer finance.

Miriam Posner
Digital humanities program coordinator
History of computing

History of computing and the Internet, labor and technology, gender and technology, online youth cultures

Winifred Poster

Fabian Prieto-Nanez
Fellow Researcher
Institute of Communication Research - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Technology and Culture in Latin America

I'm historian and communication researcher from Bogota, Colombia. I'm a Phd graduate student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My actual research interest is cybernetics theory and social policies in Colombia. Last year I finished a research on the history of the Systems and Computing Engineering Department at Universidad de los Andes, with professor Francisco Rueda. Nowadays in an organizer of the SHIALC (Simposio de Historia de la Informática en América Latina y el Caribe) and also a fellow research of the Learning to see Systems initiative at the Graduate School of the University of Illinois.

Daniele Quercia
yahoo labs
computer science

Penelope Rackley

Joanna Radin
Assistant Professor
Data reuse

Data reuse, Biomedical computing, EMRs, bioinformatics, machine learning, AI

Alex Ramirez
Associate Professor
Sprott School of Business - Carleton University
Information Systems

History of Information and Communication Technologies
The phenomenology of objects within the OO paradigm
The sociology of human computer interaction

Brian Randell
School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle (U.K.)

Brian Randall's main research interests are actually in computer science, specifically on system dependability and fault tolerance. His interest in the history of computing was kick-started by coming across the then almost unknown work of Percy Ludgate. This was over thirty years ago, when he was preparing an inaugural lecture, and led on to producing the book "The Origins of Computers", and to his investigating the Colossus wartime code-breaking machines. He is a founder member of the Editorial Board of the Annals. In recent years his work on computer history has been largely reactive rather than proactive. Worse still, he's found that he tends to be contacted by people who are treating him as a historical artefact than a historian! :-) This is because their historical interests have concerned projects that he was involved in personally! This has happened recently in connection with his involvement in the original NATO Software Engineering conferences, his work at IBM in the (at the time very secret) Project Y and then ACS super-computer projects, and on the English Electric KDF9, an early stack machine. Most recently he has provided, on request, an article on Percy Ludgate to the Dictionary of Irish biography, and has done some investigation of a little-known early Scottish calculating device, the Rotula Arithmetica, having happened to stumble across one of the few surviving examples in a small Scottish museum while he was on holiday.

Joy Rankin
Graduate Student
Yale University
History of Computing

Joy studies the history of digital technologies, primarily the history of computing, focusing on the post-World War II era in the United States. Her dissertation examines how 1960s and 1970s users of time-sharing systems experienced individualized, interactive computing, balancing a study of user experiences with an analysis of the technologies that enabled those experiences. Her work addresses the multiple contexts in which personal computing arose, as well as business history, gender and technology, and computing and the human experience. Joy is also interested in the history of biotechnology, math and science education, science and technology policy, and maps of all kinds. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she double-majored in mathematics and history. After college, Joy enjoyed a successful career launching educational programs ranging from an online ESL website to online Advanced Placement courses for high school students, a career that brought her from Boston to Portland, Oregon to Durham, North Carolina and Geneva, Switzerland. Joy attained her master’s degree at Duke University, concentrating in the history and sociology of science.

Jessica Ratcliff
Cornell University

Erik P. Rau
Director of Library Services
Hagley Museum and Library
History of Information

Erik Rau comes to this subject more from the history of information, rather than from the history of computing, computers, or software. His current research is on the history of operations research, and so he has been interested in issues related to the collection, analysis, processing,and uses of information, particularly in modeling, simulation, and their relation to policymaking. His interest extends to the social relations and material culture at the heart of information processes. Rau's book project at the moment is about the adoption of operations research in the United States, 1942-52, but he also has in his sights on more contemporary contexts. He has drafted an article on libraries and their brief embrace of OR in the 1960s and 1970s, which addresses issues of library modernization and its impact on the information commons, which is to appear in a collection edited by W. Boyd Rayward. This volume will include a number of the articles that appeared in the double-issue on library/information science published by the Annals of the History of Computing in 2002. Much of the material developed during his year as the 2002-3 Garfield Fellow in the History of Scientific Information at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He situates himself at the user end of of the history of computing universe. Rau is teaching at Drexel University and teaches a graduate seminar in the history of information.

Amit Ray
Associate Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology
postcolonial media studies

Transnational, Massively Distributed Cultural Production, Media Theory, Social Media, History of Technology, Postcolonial Cultural Theory, Automation and Colonialism

Samuel Rebelsky
Prof. of Computer Science
Grinnell College
Computer Science History

Isaac Record
Assistant Professor of Practice
Michigan State University
philosophy of science and technology

Jeremy C. Reed
BSD / Berkeley Unix history

Open source advocacy. BSD software development. I am authoring a detailed book about the history of Berkeley Unix which touches on the history of Unix, TCP/IP and Internet services, open source licensing, and much more. (I currently have done over 85 interviews.)

Julian Reitman
Discrete event simulation

Discrete event simulation
Early airline reservation systems. Computer communication interfaces. 1950's Teleregister Corporation.

Rebecca Reynolds
Assistant Professor
Rutgers University
Information and Learning Sciences

youth, technology, learning, information literacy, digital literacy, social media

Allen Riddell
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dartmouth College

Mia Ridge
PhD candidate
Open University
Human-computer interaction and design

I'm interested in the intersection of history of technology, software studies and user experience design/human-computer interaction. I found SIGCIS while doing research for my thesis.

Veith Risak
President of ÖGIG (Österreichische Ges. f. Informatikgeschichte)
HCI, long term storage, hypertext

Stephan Risi
PhD Candidate
Stanford University

Ry Rivard
Inside Higher Ed
How technology and society shape each other

Drew Robarge
Museum Technician
Smithsonian Instutition National Museum of American History
Video Games

Social and cultural video game history
Preservation and collection of video game and computer artifacts
Social and cultural studies of software computer history

Sarah Roberts
Doctoral Candidate and Fellow, Information in Society
Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
critical digital studies

Digital labor and “knowledge work,” and the reconfigurations of labor and production in a Post-Industrial, globalized context. Personal digital media creation and curation in and as resistance movement(s), with special emphasis on the Wisconsin Labor Protests of 2011. The nature of digital information, information transmission and dissemination, information as commodity/currency. Legacy state information systems, with special focus on the Minitel.

Erica Robles-Anderson
Assistant Professor
New York University
media studies

human-computer interaction, materiality, collective life, computing history, materiality, design, architecture, religion, network culture

Alex Roland
Professor of History
Duke University

Daniela Rosner
Assistant Professor
University of Washington

Helena Viktoria Roth
FU Berlin

Media Studies, Philosophy of Mind, Human Computer Interaction, Information Systems, Philosophy of Technology, Internet & Society, History of Science and Technology, Media Arts, Ontology (Computer Science), Information Architecture, Object Oriented Ontology, The Internet of Things, Science and Technology Studies, Design, Design Theory, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Bioethics + Neuroethics, Processing (Creative Coding Language), Electronic Music, Communication, The Internet, Computer Science, Data Mining, and Anthrozoology

Wade Roush
Acting Director, Knight Science Journalism
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Science and Technology Journalism

I'm a 1994 PhD graduate of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. My doctoral work focused on the social and political aftereffects of technological disasters. From 1994-2014 I worked as a full-time science and technology journalist for publications such as Science, Technology Review, and Xconomy. In July 2014 I was appointed acting director of Knight Science Journalism at MIT, a mid-career fellowship program for science and technology journalists, based in the STS Program at MIT. My main professional interest is in understanding and improving methods for communicating with the public about science and technology and related policy issues. I became aware of SIGCIS as the result of the recent flurry of social media discussion about the "Medina-Morozov Affair." My immediate interest is in accessing, and participating in, the discussion around this case, with an eye toward seeing how the Knight Science Journalism program might be able to contribute to a discussion about the relationship between academia and journalism.

Simon Rowberry
Lecturer in Digital Media & Publishing
University of Stirling
History of digital publishing

Vishwas Rudramurthy
Assistant Professor
Cyber Security, Information Security

Cyber Security, Information Security

Andrew Russell
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Andrew L. Russell is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica and Albany, New York. Before joining SUNY Poly in 2016, he was associate professor of history and director of the Program in Science & Technology Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the author of _Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks_ (Cambridge University Press, 2014), co-editor (with Robin Hammerman) of _Ada's Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age_ (ACM Press, 2015), and author of over a dozen articles and book chapters on the history of the Bell System, the American system of voluntary standards, modular design, and the history of computer networks such as Cyclades, OSI, the Arpanet, and the Internet. He is Chair of SIGCIS, an international collective of historians of computing and information.

Johnny Ryan
writer/Chief innovation officer
The Irish Times
Internet history

I am working on a new project to map the history of the digital world in a single volume.
Background: I am the Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times and an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. I have a PhD from the University of Cambridge. I am the author of 'A History of the Internet and the Digital Future' ( My previous research was the most cited source in the European Commission’s official impact assessment that decided against pursuing an EU-wide system of web censorship.

Matthias Röhr
Research Fellow
Forschungstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg
Hacker & BBS-Scene of the 1980s; Telecommunication Politics

Petri Saarikoski
Digital Culture, University of Turku (Finland)

Petri Saarikoski specialises in the history of finnish home computing, computer game culture and computer hobby. He is especially interested in computer users' relation to various subcultures and computer clubs. He has also studied the issues associated with digitalization and media culture. Petri has been engaged in two major research projects. Petri's research focus is the study of media culture and the history of finnish information technology. The latest project is called "Information Technology in Finland after World War II: The Actors and Their Experiences 2002- 2005" (Director: professor Hannu Salmi, Cultural History, University of Turku. Financed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry/TEKES). The web-site is: Right now we are planning to publish a monograph, which in general summarises our research results. We also try to arrange an international seminar in history of technology. Most of the participants come from Scandinavia. He is teaching and researching in Digital Culture / Department of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (University of Turku). Publications: Club Activity in the Early Phases of Microcomputing in Finland (2005). This one was recently published in History of Nordic Computing. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Vol. 174 Bubenko, Janis; Impagliazzo, John; Solvberg, Arne (eds.). Petri's PhD. is called "Koneen lumo. Mikrotietokoneharrastus Suomessa 1970-luvulta 1990-luvun puoliväliin" (The Lure of the Machine. The Personal Computer Interest in Finland from the 1970s to the mid- 1990s, 2004). English summary is here

Christian Sandstrom
Assistant Professor
Chalmers University of Technology and the Ratio Institute
Technological change, digital technology displacing other technologies

Christian Sandvig
Associate Professor, Communication, Media & Cinema Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Information Policy

Information policy, Internet law & policy, the Internet & society, wireless computing, the regulation of the electromagnetic spectrum

Ginevra Sanvitale
PhD Student
Eindhoven University of Technology
Personal computers

Hacking, free software, digital divides and inequalities, ICT narratives.

Jelske Schaap

Valérie Schafer
Researcher at CNRS (France)
National Center for Scientific Research
History of networks and computer science, history of the internet and the web

Computer Science History, Internet and Web History

Richard Schantz
Principal Scientist
BBN Technologies
Computer Scientist

History of network computing

Dan Schiller

Corinna Schlombs
Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology
International History of Computing, Computing and Gender

Corinna Schlombs is Assistant Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology where she teaches classes in the History of Information and Communication Technologies, International Business History and Modern German History. Her research interests include the social and cultural history of computing, international and comparative history, business history and gender studies. Schlombs currently works on a book project that investigates transatlantic transfers of productivity culture and technology, including electronic computers. Schlombs received her PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania for her dissertation “Productivity Machines: Transatlantic Transfers of Computing Technology and Culture in the Cold War.” Her research has been supported through grants by, among others, the National Science Foundation, the Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship and the IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History.

Marcus Schmerl
History of Educational Computing in Australia PhD Candidate
History of educational computing in Australia

Markus Schmid
PhD student
Chair for Science Studies (ETH Zurich)
History of Science, Science Studies

Benjamin Schmidt
Assistant professor, history
Northeastern University
Digital Humanities

I'm interested in text analysis and data visualization; my more recent research has focused on the methodology and opportunities of working with historically collected data, particular the census and shipping logbooks digitized as early as the 1920s and 1930s. I'm also probably teaching a history of computing class in 2015-2016, so I want to be on the list mostly to steep in references for that.

I've been hearing about the list lately because of the Morozov thing.

Martin Schmitt
Research Fellow
Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam
Computerization of German banks

D. Schmüdde
Creative Technologist
Beyond the Frame
Digital Civil Liberties, History of Technology

Tasha Schoenstein
PhD Student
Harvard University
History of mathematics and computer science

Steven Schrag

Andrew Schrock
University of Southern California

Marcus Schuler
ARD - Public Broadcaster of Germany

Mariacristina Sciannamblo
PhD Student
University of Roma La Sapienza

Science and Technology Studies, Gendes Studies, Communication and IT

Robert Searle

Very varied......history, psychical research, early music, archaeology, cetera

Adrienne Seely
Northwestern University
Sound studies

Robert W. Seidel
History of Science & Technology Program, University of Minnesota

Robert Seidel's interests are in scientific computing in national laboratories; technology transfer; chemical engineering and computation.

Rudolf Seising
Visiting Researcher
European Centre for Soft Computing
History of information an communication technology

*Rudolf Seising*, received an MS degree in mathematics from the Ruhr University of Bochum in 1986, a PhD degree in philosophy of science from the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) of Munich in 1995, and a postdoctoral lecture qualification (PD) in history of science from the LMU in 2004.

He has been scientific assistant for computer sciences at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich from 1988 to 1995
and scientific assistant for history of sciences at the same university from 1995 to 2002. From 2002 to 2008 he was scientific assistant in the Core unit for medical statistics and informatics at the University Vienna Medical School, which in 2004 became the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2005 he is also college lecturer in the faculty of History and Arts, institute of history of sciences, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

In 2010 he was acting as a professor for science history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

In 2008 and from 2014 to 2016 he was acting as a professor for the history of science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. He has been Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and at the University of Turku, Finland in 2008.

From 2009 to 2014 he was Adjooint Researcher at the European Centre for
Soft Computing in Mieres, Spain.

Graciela Selaimen
Instituto Nupef
Surveillance, gender, community informatics

John Selby
Macquarie University
History of the Domain Name System

History of the Regulation of the Domain Name System, Institutional Analysis, New Institutional Economics Theory, Legal History, law

Phoebe Sengers
Associate Professor
Cornell University
Analyzing and redesigning social implications of technology

I use insights from cultural analysis of IT to identify and rethink the assumptions underlying technologies, to build new applications for computing, and to develop new techniques for designing and evaluating technologies. A major component of my current work is a long-term design-ethnographic and historical study of sociotechnological change in the small, traditional fishing community of Change Islands, Newfoundland, looking at how changing sociotechnical infrastructures are tied with changing orientations to time, technology, and labor.

Renee Shelby

Justin Sherrill
UNIX history


John Sherrill
Graduate Instructor
Purdue University

Len Shustek
Computer History Museum

Len Shustek has been Chairman of the Computer History Museum -- formerly The Computer Museum History Center -- since 1996. His background is Physics (BS, MS, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn) and Computer Science (MS, PhD, Stanford University). This "third career" was inspired by teaching a graduate course in computer architecture at Stanford in 1995 and realizing how little of the history was being taught, and preserved.

Nabeel Siddiqui

I am a PhD Student in American Studies studying how technology and media have affected American culture. I am specifically interested in the development of new media and computer technology, and my dissertation deals with how the advent of personal computers affected the American private sphere. Finally, I am also involved with various digital humanities research and initiatives.

Kate Sim
Oxford Internet Institute

Alexandra Simonova
research fellow
Center for science and technology study
Sociology and history of computer science

Hackers (community, hackerspace, identity, ethics); computer scientists and programmers in Russia; history of Soviet computing; spaces of knowledge; science and architecture exchanging ideas and metaphors

Gustav Sjöblom
Postdoctoral Researcher
Chalmers University of Technology
History of information technology

My work in the history of computing and information technology falls into three major themes:

- The diffusion of IT innovations: focusing on software (knowledge and networks) rather than hardware (artefacts) I analyze the diffusion of IT innovations in Swedish private business, primarily in the mainframe era up to c. 1980. The innovations I have studied include digital computing for technical computation; materials- and production planning; numerical control and industrial automation; and management control. I am especially interested in interpersonal and interorganizational networks, discourses of technology, and intermediaries of knowledge diffusion such as industry organizations and research institutes.

- IT use and changing practices and discourses of management in big business: in an ongoing in-depth study of the use of various forms of computer technology at the electrical engineering firm Asea between 1950 and 1976, I analyze from an actor-perspective the interrelation between changes in information technology use and discourses and practices of management, with separate studies of the use of technical computation, administrative data processing, numerical control and automation, production and inventory control, and logistics, as well as the development of products and services containing computer technology, notably process control systems and robotics.

- IT-based, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship: the historical development of Swedish management consulting, IT consulting, outsourcing, and internet advertising. Using the framework of knowledge work proposed by Mats Alvesson together with product life-cycle analysis, entrepreneurship theory and industrial dynamics, I analyze the entrepreneurship and management in these industries in relation to technical and social change. In particular, I am about to conclude a two-year project on entrepreneurship in digital advertising, a remarkable Swedish creative success story.

Rebecca Skinner
Visiting Scholar, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society
UC Berkeley
History of Computing

AI, History of Computing, Future of the Internet, 20th Century military conflicts and computing.

Rebecca Slayton
Assistant Professor
Cornell University
History and Sociology of Science and Technology

Rebecca Slayton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science & Technology Studies and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, both at Stanford University. Her research examines how experts assess the promise and risks of complex technology, how they make their claims politically persuasive, and how these processes shape intertwined systems of technology and governance. Her book, Arguments that Count: Physics, Computing, and Missile Defense, 1949-2012 (MIT Press, 2013), shows how public debate and scientific advising on missile defense changed with the rise of software engineering and concerns about the risks of complex technological systems. In addition to publications in physics and the sociology of science and technology, she has published articles and essays on computing in History and Technology, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, and Applied Clinical Informatics.

Keith Smillie
Professor Emeritus of Computing Science University of Alberta

Keith Smillie has a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Toronto. After spending several years in Ottawa working in private industry and the Federal Government, he came to the University of Alberta in 1963 and joined the Department of Computing Science when it was formed in 1964. His principal teaching interests were computing courses for students in the humanities and the agricultural sciences and his research was in statistical applications of the array languages APL, Nial and J. After retirement in 1992 he continued his research on the statistical and pedagogical applications of J for a number of years. For the last few years his main research interests have been in the history of computing, especially the evolution of APL and J and the development of computing at the University of Alberta. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of the History of Computing since his retirement.

Sierra Smith

Tony Smith
Writer and Editor
The Register
History of the UK home computer industry

I am a writer and editor at The Register, an online publication for IT professionals and enthusiasts based in the UK. I have researched and written numerous articles on the history of Britain's home computer revolution, which began in 1977 and lasted until the collapse of the market in the mid-1980s. I have interviewed many key participants in this story, and work where possible with primary source material. I am currently writing a book on the subject.

Here are just a handful of examples of my SIGCIS-relevant work:

Adrian Smith
Science Policy Research Unit
Grassroots digital fabrication

James Smithies
Director, King's Digital Lab
King's College London
Digital Humanities; History of Technology, Computing, Ideas

Mark Smotherman
Associate Professor
Clemson University
computer architecture

computer architecture, performance, and reliability; instruction-level parallelism; history of computers, including architecture, hardware, I/O, and operating systems

harvey sniffen

Aakash Solanki
Independent Researcher
Anthropology of Science and Technology

Janine Solberg
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Writing Studies, Technical Communication

Rory Solomon
Doctoral Student
Software Engineering

Software, infrastructure, media archaeology, the stack, computer programming education

Lauren Sorensen
Information Studies Doctoral Student

Dan Southwick
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto
Digital Fabrication

Digital Fabrication, Automation, Expertise, and Labour

Sergio Sparviero
Ass. Prof.
Institute of Communication Studies, University of Salzburg
History of Media, Media Economics, Media Management

Paul Spence
Senior Lecturer
King's College London
Digital Humanities

global/multilingual perspectives on digital humanities & digital cultural
digital publishing
digital knowledge creation
digital editing

Dag Spicer
Senior Curator
Computer History Museum
History of computing; medicine

Dag Spicer is CHM's "Chief Content Officer," and is responsible for creating the intellectual frameworks and interpretive schema of the Museum's various programs and exhibitions. He also leads the Museum's strategic direction relating to its collection of computer artifacts, films, documents, software and ephemera--the largest collection of computers and related materials in the world.

Dag also undertakes research for legal and commercial intellectual property specialists and writes on computer history for various media and scholarly organizations. Since he began in 1996, he has given hundreds of interviews with major news organizations and is recognized internationally as a subject matter expert in the field.

Prior to joining the Museum, he spent a decade as a digital circuit designer, eventually founding two successful companies, Pacific Engineering Group and Pacific Documentation Group, both based in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).

Seeking to understand the deeper forces at work behind the nature of scientific and technological innovation, he left engineering to pursue an interest in the history of science and graduated from Trinity College (University of Toronto) in 1993 with a B.A. (Hons.) in History and an M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology in 1995.

Spicer was attending the History of Science Ph.D. program (with a Ph.D. minor in electrical engineering) at Stanford University under Tim Lenoir when, in his second year, CHM Board Chairman Len Shustek and Museum co-founders Gwen and Gordon Bell approached him about managing the collection at the Museum. He accepted, leaving Stanford with a second Master's degree (A.M.) in 1997.

Spicer is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Annals for the History of Computing and is a member of the American Historical Association (AHA), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and the American Association for the History of Medicine.

He volunteers at Stanford University Medical Center in the Department of Surgery and has a lifelong interest in internal medicine, surgical techniques, and the disciplinary foundations and history of medicine. His hobbies include swimming, hockey, computer architecture, limnology, and Cycladic art.

Adam Spring
Visiting Lecturer in Applied Technologies and Reality Capture
University of Plymouth, UK
computer graphics, computer vision and user trends

I have worked with 3D imaging solutions for an extended period of time. This includes a lot of publications and research. I have also done a lot of work on sensors and sensing.

The sociological and anthropological aspects of computing are of interest to me. I have a natural eye for user trends, which always leads me down interesting paths. For example, I have written a lot about the Internet of Things and Third Industrial Revolution.

I have really enjoyed getting back into Amiga based computing.

My podcast can be accessed here:

Selected Bibliography

Peters, C., Spring, A. P. (2014) “Digital Heritage, Industrial Memory and Memorialization”, In Orange, Hilary (ed.) Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Conducting Memory Work in Post-industrial Societies, Left Coast Press, Ch. 11

Spring, A. P. & Peters, C. (2014) Developing a low cost 3D imaging solution for inscribed stone surface analysis, Journal of Archaeological Science

Spring, A. P. (2013) “Is the Tablet an Enabling Technology,” Geoinformatics 16 (2): 30-32.

Spring, A. P. (2013) “Revisiting the North Carolina Gold Rush,” GeoInformatics 16 (1): 22- 23.

Spring, A.P. (2012) The Third Industrial Revolution. GeoInformatics 15 (7): 32-34.

Spring, A. P., Peters, C. & Minns, T. (2010) “Using Mid-Range Laser Scanners to Digitize Cultural-Heritage Sites”, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (30) 3:15-19

Venkat Srinivasan
Research engineer
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
History of science and technology

History of science, especially physics and big science. Found out through a friend.

Janaki Srinivasan
Virginia Tech
History of information societies

I work on the history of information and information technology among poverty action efforts. My work's focused on India so far, but I would love to know more on who's working on these themes using other methods and in other regions of the world

Zbigniew Stachniak
Associate Professor
York University
computer history, artificial intelligence

history of microcomputing
history of semiconductor industry
computer hobby movement

Alana Staiti
Phd Student
Cornell University
History of Technology, body studies, STS, fashion history, museum studies

I am currently conducting research for my dissertation on the history of human modeling for computer animation, 1960s-1980s

Luke Stark
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dartmouth College
Histories of computing and behavioral science

Histories of computing and behavioral science; emotion & digital technologies; online privacy and surveillance; cultures of STEM; games studies; the philosophy of technology

David Stearns
Adjunct Instructor
Seattle Pacific University
History of large technological systems, Technology and Culture

I am currently researching and writing on the origins of electronic payment systems and the construction of the "cashless-checkless society." My first book, entitled Electronic Value Exchange: Origins of the VISA Electronic Payment System, will be published by Springer in early 2011.

Jeffery Stein

Christopher H. Sterling
Media and Public Affairs, and of Public Policy and Public Administration George Washington University

The history of computers and computer-related policy concerns are Christopher Sterling's primary interests, more particularly collecting books about the rise and development of computer hardware. A member of the editorial board of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, he has an article forthcoming in that journal on some of the policy lessons of Teletext in the U.S. He is presently completing a one-volume encyclopedia of military communications history which includes many computer-related entries (and still seeks authors!) and will be published by ABC-CLIO in 2007. The central role of computers in communications is another interest area. Author or Editor of nearly 20 books, Sterling is senior author of the forthcoming Shaping American Telecommunications: A History of Technology, Policy, and Economics (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006).

Hallam Stevens
Associate Professor
Nanyang Technological University
Computing and biology

Thomas Stokke
Assistant Professor
University of North Dakota
Computer Science education, educational computing, history of Computer Science

Brent Strang
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Studies of Media
Stony Brook University
Media Materiality

Remote controls, game controllers, computer mice, home entertainment zone, televisuality, media archaeology, human factors & ergonomics, interaction design, user centred design, user experience design, new materialism.

Ken Strauss

Brian Stuart
Associate Teaching Professor
Drexel University

Ramesh Subramanian
Gabriel Ferrucci Professor of Computer Information Systems
Quinnipiac University
History of Information, Communication, and Telecommunicatoins Systems

Subramanian’s current research interests include Information Systems Security, History of Technology, ICT4D, Technology and Privacy Policy. At Yale ISP, he will continue his research and lead sessions in these topics. Subramanian’s articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the European Business Review, Journal of Global Information Technology Management, International Journal of E-Business Research, Information Systems Education Journal, and Communications of the International Information Management Association, and as chapters in scholarly books. Published books include: "Access to Knowledge in India: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development." Forthcoming (Dec 2011), Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, London, UK; "The Global Flow of Information: Legal, Social and Cultural Perspectives." (2011), New York University Press, NY; "Computer Security, Privacy and Politics: Current Issues, Challenges and Solutions" (2008) IRM Press; "Peer-to-Peer Computing: The Evolution of a Disruptive Technology" (2005), IDEA Group Publishing, Hershey, PA. In 2008-2009, Subramanian was awarded a Fulbright Senior Researcher grant to study the effects and consequences of Internet spread in rural India.
Prior to joining Quinnipiac University, Subramanian worked at IBM Advanced Technology Lab as Senior Software Engineer. He was the project lead for the development of a new-generation collaboration tool, which has since become the IBM Community Tools Suite. He was also the project lead for the development of an intra-company P2P resource sharing prototype code-named “Mesh,” and holds two U.S. patents in these areas. Prior to IBM, Subramanian has held the following positions: Associate Professor of MIS (tenured), College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Instructor of Computer Science, Rutgers University, NJ; Member of the Technical Staff (MTS), Database Research District, Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ; Consultant, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; Consultant, British Petroleum Exploration, Anchorage, Alaska.

Mai Sugimoto
Associate professor
Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University (Osaka, Japan)

My focus is on the history of information technology in mid-20th century; computing technology, circuit analysis and switching theory, artificial intelligence. I am also interested in the information retrieval.

Mark Summerfield
C20th personal computing (US and UK)

The history of personal computers, in particular, operating systems (from ROM-based to disk-based), development tools (languages, editors, etc.), and personal productivity software; personal computers, portable and hand-held computers; documentation, manuals, magazines, and newsletters; people and companies.

Ed Summers
University of Maryland
Information Science

Web Architecture; Archives; Ethnography; Infrastructure Studies

Janice Summers

James Sumner
Lecturer in History of Technology
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

James Sumner has broad interests across the history of technology and is Associate Director of the UK National Archive for the History of Computing (NAHC) at the University of Manchester. He has published on the role of the computer as icon in Britain's post-war technological trajectory, and on competing approaches to compatibility in early personal computing. He has supervised PhD research on the social history of the 1980s microcomputer boom and on the labor history of computing in the banking sector, both in British context. He is currently developing a project on how computing concepts were promoted to, and received by, non-expert audiences from the 1940s to 80s.

Jaakko Suominen
Professor of Digital Culture
University of Turku, Finland
cultural History of computing and media technologies

cultural History of computing and media technologies, popular culture, game cultures, retrogaming, cultural history of sensual and emotional experiences of computing

Tess Surprenant
Senior Fellow
University of Minnesota - College of Science & Engineering, Technological Leadership Institute
History of innovation and commercialization of technology

History of innovation and commercialization of technology; university technology transfer; development of AI and its commercial applications

Jaroslav Svelch
Charles University, Prague
history of digital games

I am interested in history of digital games and history of computing in Central and Eastern Europe. I've published on the topic in journals like Game Studies and I'm working on a book on the topic.
The list was recommended to me by a fellow scholar who invited me to participate in a panel at the 2015 SHOT conference.

Melanie Swalwell
Senior Lecturer, Screen and Media
Flinders University, South Australia

Melanie Swalwell is currently working on a suite of projects on the history of digital games in New Zealand. This research has highlighted the national and regional differences in early digital products such as games. Essays from this research have appeared in Vectors (2006,, the Journal of Visual Culture (2007), Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader, and are forthcoming in Convergence and Ludologica Retro. She leads the NZTronix project, which is researching the history and preservation needs of early digital games in New Zealand ( Swalwell's "Early New Zealand Software Database" (2007-) seeks to collect information on software written locally in the 1980s and 90s (

Eric Swedin
Associate Professor
Weber State University
Information Security

Computer history, information security, science fiction and computers, and the social implications of computing.

Miriam Sweeney

Miriam Sweeney
Assistant Professor
University of Alabama

Jeffrey Tang
Associate Professor of Integrated Science and Technology
James Madison University
History of Technology

My primary research interests are in the history of technology, mostly concentrating on systems and standardization issues with a focus on users and consumers. My book project, Sound Decisions, details the history of home audio reproduction systems in the U.S. from 1945-1975. My interest in the history of computing stems from my interest in standardization and an inherent interest in the topic. I am currently serving as the SIGCIS Secretary.

Mike Tashker

Matti Tedre

Anja Thiele
Curator for computer science, mathematics, cryptology
Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
History and Technology of Computers

Next to my primary field of interest, my interests are
- the use of computers in various fields and their impact on our society
- software in all its forms and its (huge but seldomly discussed) meaning
- mathematics and communication of mathematics
- cryptologic devices, their history, deciphering their codes and resulting effects

After studying computer science at the Technical University of Munich/Garching I worked for 4 years in industry as computer specialist and IT-consultant. After that, I moved on to the area of museum and education in order to explain the fascinating invention of the computer to everyone interested. Here, I also got immensely involved with the history of computing and am also creating an exhibition for mathematics and another one for cryptology. I learned about SIGCIS through several colleagues, but would like to get your newsletter and information directly in the future. Thank you.

Tristan Thielmann
Senior Research Fellow
University of Siegen, Germany
History of navigation systems, mobile media, and social computing

Tristan Thielmann is a senior research fellow at the University of Siegen in Germany. His cross-disciplinary research explores the aesthetics and history of geomedia with a focus on navigation systems, GIS, user interfaces and mobile computing. He has published books and journal issues on the history of analog/digital displays, on the aesthetics of locative media, on media geography, actor-network theory, and the spatial turn in cultural and social sciences. Currently Tristan is doing research on the origins of social computing at Princeton University in the early 1950s, conducting oral history interviews with pioneers in mobile cartography and GPS technology, and writing a history of handheld computers.

Benjamin Thierry
associated professor
Université Paris-Sorbonne
History of computing

History of man-machine communication ; History of videotex ; 70's-90's

Sue Thomas
Professor of New Media
Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
history of metaphors in computers and the internet

history of cyberspace; transliteracy; transdisciplinarity; social media

Matt Thomas
Graduate Student
University of Iowa
Technology and American Culture since WWII

andrea thomer

Katrin Tiidenberg
PhD student
University of Tallinn, Institute of International and Social Studies
internet research

identity, community, cyberethnography, research methods, visual digital ethnography, ethics

Honghong Tinn
Graduate student
Science & Technology Studies program at Cornell University
The history of computing in East Asia

Honghong Tinn is a graduate student in the Science & Technology Studies Program at Cornell University. She presented a paper titled "From Do-It-Yourself Computers to Illegal Copies: The Controversy over Building One's Own Computer in Taiwan, from 1980 to 1984" in SHOT in 2007. In this paper, she demonstrates that Taiwanese computer users preferred to build their own microcomputers from scratch in the early 1980s. She also presents that the practices of computer tinkering became controversial later when computer manufacturers, particularly Apple Computer, considered it to be violating copyright.

For her dissertation, she will work on the history of computing in postwar Taiwan. She aims to explore three historical periods in which tinkering - emulating, adapting, modifying, assembling in an innovative manner, and otherwise working creatively with technologies - is evident with computers. She will investigate that (1) a technical-aid program that promoted mainframe computing in the early 1960s; (2) a minicomputer-building project in National Chiao-Tung University in the early 1970s; (3) a fervor with which ordinary computer users bought computer parts and built their own microcomputers in the early 1980s.

Janet Toland
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
History of Information systems, ICTs and regional development

History of Computing particularly in New Zealand. In 2010 I completed my PhD research which evaluated the contribution that ICTs make to regional development, by researching the development of ICT networks in two regions of New Zealand between 1985 and 2005. In 2010 I edited a book, "Return to Tomorrow: 50 years of computing in New Zealand" to mark the 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Computer Society. I am currently collecting some oral histories from key figures in NZ computing.

Aracele Torres
PhD student
Universidade de São Paulo
History of technology

Clarence Townsend
independent scholar
history of cybernetics and computers

interactions between history of logical positivism and history of cybernetics and computers

Kim Tracy
Associate Chair and Lecturer, Computer Science
Michigan Technological University
computer history

computer science education, database systems, security, artificial intelligence

Sharon Traweek
faculty member

large-scale data practices and gender/ethnicity workforce issues translocally

Rex Troumbley
Graduate Researcher
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Digital Politics

Political theory, new media theory, digital politics, discourse networks

Tyler Try

Toph Tucker
Web programmer
Bloomberg Businessweek
Graphic interfaces

Graduated 2013 from Bowdoin College with a bachelor's degree in Math; now doing data graphics, web graphics, news apps, and a smattering of other stuff for Bloomberg Businessweek. Followed a link by Paul Ford (@ftrain on Twitter) to this list. Interested in interfaces and cybernetics, steering systems. Don't really have a clue what I'm doing, but it seems to orbit those interests. Pursued an independent study in mathematical notation as an interface that didn't really go anywhere. I hope to finish it one day.

John Tucker
Professor of Computer Science
Swansea University
Computer Science

History of theories of computation.
Local histories of computation.

Heard about SIGCIS at ICHSTM2013.

Simone Turchetti
research fellow
University of Manchester
history of science and technology

Cristina Turdean

Fred Turner
Associate Professor
Stanford University
media technology and cultural history

Cultural history of computing, counterculture, technoculture

Glenda Turner
Senior Principal
MITRE Corporation
big science

advent of big science in the United States
technology and national security policy

John Tylko
PhD candidate
History of aeronautics and astronautics

Computers in aviation and spaceflight; history of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship; history of aeronautics and spaceflight; Apollo and the Cold War

Aristotle Tympas
Associate Professor
Division of History of Scienec and technology, Philosophy and History of Science Department, University of Athens

Aristotle Tympas works as Associate Professor of the History of Technology in Modernity at the Division of History of Science and technology, Philosophy and History of Science Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history and historiography of technology, including a course in the history of recent technologies (computing, telecommunications, and biotechnology. He also teaches a required undergaduate course in the History of Informatics and Telecommunications at the Informatics and Telecommunication Department of his university.

Jeffrey Tyzzer
History of software, particularly database management systems

Osamu Uda
Associate Professor of Business History
Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan.
The Business history of Information and communications

1.The early history of U.S. computer industry(1945-1964)-ERA, RemRand, Burroughs and Control DATA.
2.The history of IBM subsidiaries(in particular,IBM Japan).
3.The history of information and communications industry in Japan(1953-1985).
4.The history of user industry of computing(in particular, New Nippon Steel Co., Yamato Trasnport Co.,etc).

mariann unterluggauer
computing history

tech history, understanding the global interplay and decipher marketing hype.

Richard Urban

Steve Usselman
Professor of History, Technology, and Society
Georgia Institute of Technology
innovation, industry structure, political economy, antitrust, IBM

I study the evolution of the computer industry within the larger framework of American political economy. Much of my published work focuses on IBM, its transition into electronic computing and its subsequent innovative strategy, and its ongoing relationship with the federal government. My early prize-winning interpretative essay "IBM and Its Imitators" is widely available on the web. You can find a related essay in a special issue of the Annals of the History of Computing (Vol. 18, No. 2, Summer 1996) and an expanded treatment in an entry on "Computer and Communications Technology" in Scribner's Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century (1996). More recently, I have completed a trio of detailed articles on IBM, federal policy, and the direction of innovative activity in American computing. Presenting original research drawn from the IBM corporate archives and other sources, you can find them in three edited books: 1) International IT Policy (Oxford, 2006), edited by Richard Coopey; 2) The Financing of Innovation (MIT, 2008), edited by Naomi Lamoreaux and Ken Sokoloff; and 3) The Challenge of Remaining Innovative (Stanford, 2009), which I edited with Lamoreaux and Sally Clarke. Currently I am assembling and reshaping these studies into a synthetic book on the subject.

Andrew Utterson
Assistant Professor of Screen Studies
Ithaca College
Computers and the moving image

The author of 'From IBM to MGM: Cinema at the Dawn of the Digital Age' (2011, British Film Institute), with interests in media archaeology, technology and aesthetics, early digital culture, and histories of new media.

Richard Vahrenkamp
Professor em.
University of Kassel, Germany
Computer Netwoks

Computer Netwoks, software for enterprise planning

Grayson Van Beuren
Graduate student/TA
Virginia Tech
History of computing

I am interested in the history of computing, especially the material culture of computing and personal computing. My research is currently looking into how computers and electronics are being/have been presented in museums and other historical institutions, as well as the unique problems faced by the institution attempting to preserve and display these sorts of objects.

Adrienne van den Bogaard
Department Philosophy of Technology, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

Adrienne van den Bogaard has a degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in the History and Philosophy of Economics / Science Studies Department. Her thesis is about the emergence of mathematical modeling in decision making. She is currently assistant professor in history and philosophy of technology. Her research is about programming pioneers in the Netherlands (including E.W. Dijkstra), the rise of the software sector, and data-processing in government. She runs a book-project on the history of data-processing / information technology in the Netherlands in the twentieth century. The project should result in a book about the (contextual) history of information technology in the Netherlands. Other researchers in this book-project are Frank Veraart, Jos Peeters, Onno de Wit en Frida de Jong. Together with Gerard Alberts, she runs the Dutch Colloquium for the History of Computing, and like Aristotle Tympas, she is involved in the transition committee of the European project Tensions of Europe. Publications in English: A. van den Bogaard (1999) "Past Measurement and Future Prediction" in: M.S. Morgan & M. Morrison (eds), Models as Mediators pp. 282-325 Cambridge University Press A. van den Bogaard (1999) "The Cultural Origins of the Dutch Economic Modelling Practice" in: Science in Context pp. 333-350 vol.12 nr. 2.

Gauthier van den Hove

Armand Van Dormael
History of computing

Armand Van Dormael has published two books about the history of money: “Bretton Woods: Birth of a Monetary System” and “The Power of Money”. Several years ago, he decided to buy a new computer and discovered that the European manufacturers had given up production. His investigation into the history of computing led to the discovery that in 1948, two German scientists had developed functional transistors for account of the French government. He also came to know the French engineer who, in 1972, built the first microcomputer, the Micral. He is completing the manuscript of "The Silicon Revolution".

Sytze Van Herck
PhD student
University of Luxembourg

dick van Lente
lecturer cultural history
Erasmus University Rotterdam
cultural history of computers and automation ca 1945-1970

Cultural history of technology, which to me means how people understand, use, and speculate about technology, and how this changes over time and differs in relation to the cultural context. I am therefore especially interested in international comparisons and long-term histories (as well as good micro-studies!). Previously I have studied printing and nuclear power. My current research is about computers, robots and automation in the Netherlands 1945-1970.

Jolanda van Rooijen
PhD candidate
Industrial Engineering & Management
Computer recycling and societal consequences of it.

e-waste recycling, e-scrap recycling, circular economy, rare earths recycling, politics, lobby-ism, industrialization of recycling industry, history of recycling, technology development related to the above. Sociology, Philosophy.

Found out about SIGCIS through the SHOT on the internet.

Joris Van Zundert