news & publications


"Afterworld: Technosphere, Anthropocene, Geostory," Center for Cultural Studies, Univ of California Santa Cruz


"Technology, Space, Reason: Infrastructures of Knowledge in the Anthropocene," Univ. of California Berkeley


"Data, Models, and Knowledge in Climate Science: Historical Lessons and Contemporary Controversies," IS&T Colloquium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Edwards and Hecht, "Fighting the Technosphere, and other Anthropocenic Angsts (A Kitchen Debate)," Society for Social Studies of Science, Barcelona


Plantin, Lagoze, Edwards & Sandvig, "Infrastructure studies meet platform studies in the age of Google and Facebook," New Media & Society

about me

I am a Professor in the School of Information (SI) and the Dept. of History at the University of Michigan. SI is an interdisciplinary professional school focused on bringing people, information, and technology together in more valuable ways.


My research explores the history, politics, and cultural aspects of computers, information infrastructures, and global climate science. Right now I'm thinking about how to build better knowledge infrastructures for the Anthropocene epoch.


Here is my curriculum vitae.


I'm Distinguished Faculty in Sustainability at the Graham Sustainability Institute, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows. Both of these units offer excellent postdoctoral fellowships. The Graham Institute also offers exciting fellowships to currently enrolled UM doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students.


I sometimes direct the University of Michigan Science, Technology & Society Program. The program sponsors a distinguished speaker series, a biweekly faculty colloquium, a graduate certificate, and an undergraduate minor. Right now, I'm Director of Graduate Studies.


I am co-editor (with Geoffrey C. Bowker) of the Infrastructures book series (MIT Press), and I serve on the editorial boards of Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries, Information & Culture: A Journal of History, and Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture, and Society. My most recent book is A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010).


I'm always looking for great doctoral students. Contact me if you want to work on the history of knowledge and information infrastructures, especially climate science or computing. UM has terrific PhD programs in Information, History, and Anthropology & History.