news & publications


"Trump questionnaire recalls dark history of ideology-driven science," The Conversation


"Knowledge Infrastructures for the Anthropocene," The Anthropocene Review


"Control Earth," Places Journal (republished from LA+ SIMULATIONS)


"The Glass Laboratory: Climate Knowledge Infrastructures in the Age of Hypertransparency," CUNY Graduate Center, New York


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

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.