• Marie Hicks

I am a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe (focusing on Britain). I study how connections between national prestige, labor, and productivity define collective understandings of technological progress, and how that relates to social progress. I am particularly interested in the global history of computing.

My current book project looks at why the proportion of women computer operators and programmers declined as electronic computing matured in the UK, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning postwar superpower.

I am currently an assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. I've also taught at Duke University, where I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. in history and a certificate in women's studies, and at North Carolina State University.

Send me some email, follow me on twitter, read my blog, or listen to the 10-minute version of what I work on in this NPR interview.

Interested in taking my courses? For spring 2014, I'll be offering an Introduction to STS course (HUM 354, COM 554), as well as a new course called Filming the Past (HIST 380-07) which is a hands-on history and media class that looks at how we create and popularize historical narratives that come to be taken as "fact." For more details--as well as course descriptions--see the IIT course catalog.

Please note: if you get a permission denied issue when you try to sign up for Filming the Past please email me your name and student ID number: this is a known issue with the course enrollment system that needs to be fixed manually on a case-by-case basis.