Electronic data processing and computing; census work, public health and hygiene; calculation and civic epistemology; technology, capital and the state.

My work attempts to trace the historical relationship between computing and the state. Currently focused on the early history of electronic data processing in the U.S. and Britain, I am interested in exploring how techniques of governance influenced the proliferation of electronic data processing capabilities. Following an intellectual current from Jeremy Bentham through Edwin Chadwick, William Farr and across the Atlantic to John Shaw Billings, my project is currently centered on Herman Hollerith’s work for the Vital Statistics division of the U.S. Census Bureau.