news & publications


Review of R. Slayton, Arguments that Count, in information & Culture


"Knowledge Infrastructures and Climate Change Science," University of Tokyo, Japan


Keynote address, "Governance and Cyberinfrastructure in the Earth System Sciences," NSF EarthCube all-hands meeting


"Climate Informatics: Human Experts and the End-to-End System," Richard Rood and Paul N. Edwards, Earthzine


"The Glass Laboratory: Science meets Accounting in an Age of Hypertransparency," keynote address, Postman Graduate Conference, New York University


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).


In 2012-13, I taught at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Now I'm back at Michigan.


I'm 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.