Maintaining Humans

This chapter forms part of a flourishing interest in histories of maintenance. It explores how maintenance and repair became an object of intense interest for the cold-war human sciences. Some of […]

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Maintaining Humans

This chapter, from the edited collection Cold War Social Science, forms part of a flourishing interest in histories of maintenance. It explores how maintenance and repair became an object of intense […]

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The Unreliable Nation

My book — The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War  (MIT Press) —  is available in both hardcover and e-book: here. The Unreliable Nation explores how two powerful […]

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New Book

Made Modern explores the complex interconnections between science, technology, and modernity in Canada. It draws together leading scholars from a wide range of fields to enrich our understanding of history […]

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The Dangers of Systems

This paper, planned for a special issue of Osiris, explores how spectacular failures in complex systems transformed the category of “accidents” in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. The vast expansion […]

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The Sentimental Machine

My new piece on the guillotine in Cosmologics Magazine: “The idea of an unerring, public execution machine embodied both a belief in the redemptive power of sentiment and an anxiety […]

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