Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell
Dean, Professor of History


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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, 2007-2008
  • Ph.D. History of Science and Technology, The Johns Hopkins University, 2007
  • M.A. History, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
  • B.A. History, Vassar College, 1996

Areas of Research

  • History of Science and Technology
  • United States History, 1880-present
  • Business and Economic History
  • History of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Internet History and Policy
  • Standardization History and Policy

Honors and Awards

  • Mahoney Prize, Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, & Society, 2016
  • Arthur L. Norberg Travel Grant, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, 2010 & 2014
  • Curriculum Development Grant, National Institute for Standards and Technology, 2013
  • History Fellowship, Association for Computing Machinery, 2011 & 2013
  • IEEE Life Members’ Fellowship in Electrical History, 2008-2009
  • The Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Processing, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, 2006-2007
  • Commended Paper, International Electrotechnical Commission Centenary Challenge, 2006
  • First place, World Standards Day Paper Competition, 2006

Professional Service

  • Contributing Editor, Technology & Culture
  • Reviews Editor, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
  • Editorial Board Member, Information & Culture: A Journal of History
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Standardization Research
  • Editorial Board Member, Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture & Society
  • Nominations Committee Member, Society for the History of Technology (2016-2018)

Selected Publications


  • Ada’s Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age (ACM Press, 2015)         – co-editor with Robin Hammerman
  • Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2014)


  • “Hail the Maintainers,” Aeon (April 6, 2016) – co-authored with Lee Vinsel.
  • “Histories of the Internet: Introducing the Special Issue,” Information & Culture: A Journal of History 50 (May-June 2015) – co-authored with Thomas Haigh and William H. Dutton.
  • “In the Shadow of Arpanet and Internet: Louis Pouzin and the Cyclades Network in the 1970s,” Technology & Culture 55 (2014): 880-907 – co-authored with Valérie Schafer.
  • “Using Ethical Reasoning to Amplify the Reach and Resonance of Professional Codes of Conduct in Training Big Data Scientists,” Science and Engineering Ethics (November 2014) – co-authored with Rochelle E. Trachtenberg, Gregory J. Morgan, Kevin T. FitzGerald, Jeff Collman, Lee Vinsel, Michael Steinmann, and Lisa M. Dolling.
  • “The Internet That Wasn’t,” IEEE Spectrum 50 (August 2013): 38-43.
  • “Modularity: An Interdisciplinary History of an Ordering Concept,” Information & Culture: A Journal of History 47 (2012): 257-287.
  • “‘Rough Consensus and Running Code’ and the Internet-OSI Standards War,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing28 (July-September 2006): 48-61.
  • “Telecommunications Standards in the Second and Third Industrial Revolutions,” The Journal of the Communications Network 5 (January-March 2006): 100-106.
  • “Standardization in History: A Review Essay with an Eye to the Future,” in Sherrie Bolin, ed., The Standards Edge: Future Generations (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Sheridan Books, 2005).




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