Andrew L. Russell, Ph.D.
I am an associate professor of history and director of the Program in Science and Technology Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology, where I’ve worked since 2008. Here is my full c.v. (updated June 2016), if you’re interested.
My first book, Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2014. I am also the co-editor (with Robin Hammerman) of Ada’s Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age, published by ACM Books in 2015.
In April 2016 my colleague Lee Vinsel and I co-organized a conference at Stevens Institute of Technology titled “The Maintainers.” We published an essay in Aeon, “Hail the Maintainers,” where we outline the origins of the conference and some of our thoughts on why it makes sense for people who care about technology to make a conceptual turn from innovation to maintenance. We were pleasantly surprised that these activities triggered some broader discussions in media outlets such as the Atlantic, the Guardian, Fortune, Le Monde, the American Conservative, Design Observer, La Nacion, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and elsewhere.
Some recent publications and papers:
Hail the Maintainers (with Lee Vinsel), Aeon (April 7, 2016)
Nothing Special: Standards, Infrastructure, and Maintenance in the Great Age of American Innovation, CASTAC blog (April 2015).
Lessons and Cautionary Tales from the History of Standardization, IEEE Standards Education e-Magazine Vol. 4 No. 2 (December 2014).
In the Shadow of the ARPANET and Internet: Louis Pouzin and the Cyclades Network in the 1970s (with Valérie Schafer), Technology & Culture 55:4 (2014): 880-907.
Histories of the Internet (with Thomas Haigh and William H. Dutton), Information & Culture: A Journal of History (forthcoming 2015).
The Internet’s History Isn’t As “Open” As You Think, Slate.com Future Tense, May 21, 2014.
OSI: The Internet That Wasn’t, IEEE Spectrum 50 (August 2013).
Betrayal of the Internet Imaginaire, American Science team blog, September 12, 2013.
Histories of Networking vs. the History of the Internet, Paper presented to the SIGCIS 2012 Workshop, October 7, 2012.
Modularity: An Interdisciplinary History of an Ordering Concept, Information and Culture: A Journal of History 47:3 (2012): 257-287.
Standards, Networks, and Critique, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 34:3 (2012): 78-80.
‘Rough Consensus and Running Code’ and the Internet-OSI Standards War, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 28:3 (2006): 48-61.
Standardization in History: A Review Essay with an Eye to the Future, in Sherrie Bolin, ed., The Standards Edge: Future Generations (Ann Arbor, MI: Sheridan Press, 2005), 247-260.
My research and teaching interests:
US History since 1880
History of Technology and Computing
Science and Technology Studies
Digital Culture and Media Studies
Innovation History and Policy
Globalization and American Empire
Additional current affiliations:
Reviews Editor, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Corresponding Editor, Technology & Culture
Editorial Board Member, Information & Culture: A Journal of History
Member, IEEE Computer Society History Committee