Lee Vinsel

"Despite recurring fantasies about the end of work, the central fact of our industrial civilisation is labour, most of which falls far outside the realm of innovation."

Current Place
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America


I do technology studies, co-organize @The_Maintainers, and profess Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. I studied the history of technology, business history, environmental history, and US social and political history at Carnegie Mellon University. Most of my work there was supported through a National Science Foundation funded center on climate change policy. I did a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. There, going against everything my mother taught to hold dear, I started hanging out with "historians of science," and even blogged with some for a while. I taught for five years at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. In 2015, my buddy, Andrew Russell, and I started a global research network called The Maintainers, which is dedicated to the study of maintenance, repair, upkeep, and ordinary work with technology. I started working at Virginia Tech in August 2017.

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