I am an associate professor of history at Rice University, where I study the history of computer technology. Previously, I was an assistant professor of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the associate director of the Law, Technology and Culture undergraduate major. I received my PhD in History and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2012.
My research interests include the history of information technologies, civil rights, public policy, and the relationship between development and use of technology. My dissertation, Fulfilling the Promise of the Personal Computer: The Development of Accessible Computer Technologies, 1970-1998, explored the efforts of activist groups, computer companies, and legislators to promote access to computer technologies for people with disabilities. My book based on this project, Making Computers Accessible: Disability Rights and Digital Technology, was published in 2015 from The Johns Hopkins University Press and was the winner of the 2017 Computer History Museum Book Prize.
I am currently in preliminary stages of a project on the intellectual history of computer interfaces, specifically on research starting in the 1970s into tablet computers and their potential to aid learning.
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