Research Areas

  • Political economies of internet architectures: revising the consensus on the political and economic systems encoded into core internet protocols and the architectures they enable
  • Cybersecurity Studies: recasting theories of the ‘network’ and ‘information’ society by centering cryptography (from information theory to Tor) (with Quinn DuPont)
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS), economic history, and social theory: pushing a stronger engagement between STS and our knowledge of capitalism
  • New applied epistemology in digital infrastructures: experimenting with the co-location, in a single platform, of data generated from different methodologies and created under different epistemic frameworks
  • Computational history of psychiatry and psychopharmacology: explaining role of networked computation in the late-20th century reconfiguration of psychiatric disease entities

Upcoming Publications

  • 2018. “Architectures of Production: A Historical Political Economy of the Internet”
  • 2018. “Funding Ecologies and Techniques in Computer Science: the Postwar United States.” With Leonard Kleinrock.

Books in Progress

  • 2018. Architecture and Protocol at the Information Sciences Institute
  • 2019. Cybersecurity Studies: History and Theory for an Encrypted Information Society. With Quinn DuPont.

Recent Publications

I am adding open access and preprint links as time permits; if the article you are seeking has neither, email me. All co-authored works equal contributions or first author.

Select Recent & Upcoming Talks

  • 2018.  “Toward a Political Economy of Cybersecurity.” UCI Informatics Department Seminar, Irvine, CA.
  • 2017. “Cybersecurity Governance and Cybersecurity Trajectories: A Historical Analysis.” Georgia Tech Internet Governance Project (IGP) Third Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2017. “Social-Property Architectures: History and Theory.” The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders, Hoboken, NJ.
  • 2017. “Social Relations and Routing Architectures.” Command Lines: Software, Power, and Performance (organized by SIGCIS and the Computer History Museum), Mountain View, CA.
  • 2017. “The Encrypted Information Society: Rethinking Social Theory in an Age of Cryptology.” Arizona State University Global Security Initiative, Tempe, AZ. With Quinn DuPont.
  • 2016. “The Dependence of Cyberspace.” The Maintainers conference, Hoboken, NJ.
  • 2015. “The Emergence of Border Router Protocols and Autonomous Systems.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS), Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2015. “The Co-Development of Early Computer Network and Cryptography Infrastructure.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Albuquerque, NM. With Quinn DuPont.
  • 2014. “Metadata and Infrastructure in Internet History: Sockets in the Arpanet Host-Host Protocol.” Association for Information Science and Technology, Seattle, WA. With Amelia Acker.
  • 2014. “Internet Culture at the Defense Communications Agency.” Society for the History of Technology, Dearborn, MI. With Andrew Russell.
  • 2013. “Localized Data on the Early Internet: Sociohistorical Implications of ARPANET and NSFNET Traffic Patterns. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), San Diego, CA.
  • 2012. “Mental Health and Economic History: Changes in Antipsychotic Drug Markets in the US c. 1960-2000.” Research Forum in Medical History and the Medical Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2011. “Techniques of Pharmaceutical Knowledge and the Gendered Clinical Encounter.” Contested Truths: Re-Shaping and Positioning Politics of Knowledge. Humboldt University, Berlin.


  • 2017 HSS371 Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters: Computers & Society
  • 2016 DH150/250 UCLA, Digital Humanities: Algorithms and Protocols in Cyberspace
  • 2014 DH150/250 UCLA, Digital Humanities: Internet Histories
  • 2012 HIST180A UCLA, History Department: Introduction to the History of the Internet

Education & Work History

  • 2012-17 Researcher, UCLA Computer Science Department
  • 2011 PhD UCLA, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
  • 2009 MA & CPhil, UCLA, History
  • 2008-09 Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
  • 2005 Visiting Student, Beijing University
  • 2003 MA, York University, Politics
  • 2002 BA (hons.), University of Victoria, Political Science

Other Things

  • 2015+ Department Editor (Think Piece), IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
  • 2014+ Affiliate, UCLA Center for Social Medicine and Humanities
  • 2014+ Oral history interviewer (33+ complete, with UCLA Special Collections)
  • 2017 Co-Organizer, Workshop on New Connections for Digital Humanities and Cybersecurity, ASU
  • 2015-17 Co-Founder and Associate Director, Internet Research Incubator at UCLA
  • 2014 Co-Organizer, Digital Cash: The Past and Future of Electronic Payment (conference)
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