Edward Jones-Imhotep is an award-winning historian of science and technology. He received his PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and is currently Associate Professor of History at York University in Toronto. From 2009-13, he served as Associate Director of York’s Institute for Science and Technology Studies (iSTS). He is a co-founder of Toronto’s TechnoScience Salon, a public forum for humanities-based discussions about science and technology. From 2016-2017, he was the Northrop Frye Fellow at the University of Toronto. He holds an ongoing visiting professorship at the University of Paris (Panthéon-Assas), and is an Executive Member of the Society for the History of Technology as well as a contributing editor for Technology’s Stories. In 2020, he will serve as director of the Summer Institute at the Netherlands Graduate Research School in Science, Technology, and Modern Culture.
His first book, The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War (MIT Press), won the 2018 Sidney Edelstein Prize for best scholarly work in the history of technology. In 2017, he received the Abbott Payson Usher Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. His current book project — Reliable Humans, Trustworthy Machines — is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and investigates how observers from the late-18th to the mid-20th centuries saw machine failures as a problem of the self: a problem of the kinds of people that failing machines created, or threatened, or presupposed.