news & publications


“Knowledge Infrastructures and Climate Change Science,” Media-Epistemologies-Power Symposium, NC State


New book in our MIT Press Infrastructures series: Alexander Klose, The Container Principle


"Climate Data Detectives: On the Politics of Knowledge about Global Climate Change," University of Southern California


Jury de thèse, "POLDER and the Age of Space Earth Sciences:A Study of Technological Satellite Data Practices," Gemma Cirac, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

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. Here is my curriculum vitae.


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.


I am co-editor (with Geoffrey C. Bowker) of the Infrastructures book series (MIT Press), and I serve on the editorial boards of Climatic Change, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries, and Information & Culture: A Journal of History. 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 the history of computing. UM has terrific PhD programs in Information, History, and Anthropology & History.