I received my PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and I am currently Associate Professor of History at York University in Toronto. From 2009-13, I served as Associate Director of York’s Institute for Science and Technology Studies (iSTS). I am a co-founder of Toronto’s TechnoScience Salon, a public forum for humanities-based discussions about science and technology. From 2016-2017, I was the Northrop Frye Fellow at the University of Toronto. I currently serve as an Executive Member of the Society for the History of Technology and a contributing editor for Technology’s Stories.
My 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, I received the Abbott Payson Usher Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. My 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.