Thomas Misa

Electrical and Computer Engineering
211 Anderson Library
+1 612 624 5050

Technology and modern culture, history of electronics and computing, historical methodologies

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 I was 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 an appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 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.

Selected Publications
FastLane: Managing Science in the Internet World (Johns Hopkins Press, 2015), Co-written with Jeffrey Yost. Order through Johns Hopkins Press.

Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Order through University of Minnesota Press.

Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing (Wiley/IEEE-CS Press, 2010). Order through Wiley.

College of Science and Engineering: The Institute of Technology Years, 1935-2010 (2011). Co-written with Robert Seidel. Order through Amazon.

Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2nd edition 2011). Order through Johns Hopkins Press.

Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities (MIT Press, 2008) Co-edited with Mikael Hard. Order through MIT Press.

Modernity and Technology (MIT Press, 2003) Co-edited with Andrew Feenberg and Philip Brey.

A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).