Jeffrey Yost

Director of the Charles Babbage Institute
211 Anderson Library
+1 612 626 0823

The business, cultural, and intellectual history of information technology; and oral history.


I am a historian of science and technology. My current research projects include a book project on the history of the computer services industry (under contract with MIT Press), and a book project on the history of computer security. I am a past Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, and continue to serve on the journal’s board (as well as several other editorial boards). I was Principal Investigator on a $488,000 four-year National Science Foundation-sponsored project, “Building a Future for Software History.” I have led or co-led more than $1.6 million in National Science Foundation-sponsored projects, and have conducted and published more than 70 research-grade oral histories.

Selected Publications:

Making IT Work: A History of the Computer Services Industry (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017).

FastLane: Managing Science in the Internet World (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) [Co-authored with Thomas J. Misa].

Computer: A History of the Information Machine, Third Edition (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014) [Co-authored with Martin Campbell-Kelly, William Aspray, and Nathan Ensmenger].

The IBM Century [ed.] (Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press, 2011).

“Manufacturing Mainframes: Component Fabrication and Component Procurement at IBM and Sperry Univac, 1960-1975” History and Technology 25:3 (September 2009): 219-237.

“Internet Challenges for Non-Media Industries, Firms, and Workers.” In William Aspray and Paul Ceruzzi, eds., The Internet and American Business (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008): 315-350.