Teaching

My regular undergraduate classes include STS.007, “Technology in History,” a survey course that begins with cave art and draws to a close with a reading of John Hersey’s Hiroshima; STS.091, a capstone seminar for STS majors, minors, and other interested students, which often uses current events as STS case studies; and various other classes related to technology and imagination, including a new one, now under development, that will use games, videos, and other visual sources as well as readings on the theme of haunted places.

“Not long after joining the STS faculty in 2001, I began teaching graduate subjects regularly with my STS colleague Professor Emeritus Leo Marx. In these classes we would keep returning to a set of core problems: “What do we mean by the word and concept technology? Why has it become so important today? How does imaginative literature provide insights into technology that are not available in other forms of communication?” These questions continue to shape my graduate teaching, which seeks to bring the humanities and arts more centrally into STS studies.

This section includes syllabi for both graduate and undergraduate subjects, as well as OpenCourseWare links for two undergraduate classes.