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Nathan L. Ensmenger <email@example.com>
University of Texas at Austin
history of computing; gender and computing; professionalization
|Address:||1616 Guadalupe St, Suite 2.202
Austin, TX 78701
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Sci-Med-Tech
|Interests:||History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Labor History / Studies
Library and Information Science
Nathan L . Ensmenger
BSE, Princeton University
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Texas
Assistant Professor, History & Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2011
Undergraduate Chair, Science, Technology, and Society Program, 2005-2011
Courses taught and developed include The Information Age; Computers, Ethics, and Social Values; Computing in the Humanities; Research Seminar in the History and Sociology of Science; Cyberculture; Technology and Engineering in America; Technology and Society.
The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the
Politics of Technical Expertise (MIT Press, 2010)
``Making Programming Masculine,'' in Tom Misa, ed. Gender Codes (Wiley, 2010)
``Resistance is Futile? Reluctant and Selective Users of the
Internet,'' in P. Ceruzzi and W. Aspray (eds.) The Internet and American Business (MIT Press,
2008). Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008.
``Sports Fans and their Information Gathering Habits," in William
Aspray and Barbara Hayes (eds.), Information and Everyday
Life (MIT Press, 2011). With Jameson Otto and Sara Metz.
``Is Chess the Drosophila of AI? A Social History of an Algorithm.''
Accepted for publication in Social Studies of Science (forthcoming)
Open Source’s Lessons for Historians” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 26:4(2004), 103-104.
“Computing for the humanities and social sciences,” in W. Aspray and A. Akera (eds.) Using History To Teach Computer Science and Related Disciplines (Washington, D.C.: Computing Research Association, 2004)
“Power to the people: toward a social history of computing,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 26:1(2004), pp. 95-96.
“Letting the ‘Computer Boys’ Take Over: Technology and the Politics of Organizational Transformation,” International Review of Social History 48:11 (2003), pp. 152-180.
“The ’Question of Professionalism’ in the Computing Fields,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 4(2001), pp. 56-73.
“Software as Labor Process,” in Mapping the History of Computing: Software Issues, U. Hashagen, R. Keil-Slawik, A. Norberg, eds. (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002). With William Aspray.
Helped develop America's Golden Age of Medicine? Health, Medicine, and American Culture, 1930-1960}, Web-based teaching resource and textbook used by various courses in the Health and Society Program} at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in history of science and medicine programs at Cornell University, University of Minnesota, and Virginia Tech.