news & publications


"Too much C-what? Carbon accounting and Anthropocene knowledge," Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Chicago


"On Infrastructure Time: Software, Speed, and Second-order Systems in Africa," Shift CTRL: New Perspectives on Computing and New Media, Stanford University


"Techno-Metabolism" seminar, Anthropocene Curriculum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


Infrastructure Space, 5th International Symposium on Sustainable Construction of the Lafarge Holcim Foundation, Detroit


"The Glass Laboratory: Climate Knowledge Infrastructures in the Age of Hypertransparency," Stanford 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. Right now I'm thinking about knowledge infrastructures for the Anthropocene.


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 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 computing. UM has terrific PhD programs in Information, History, and Anthropology & History.