Assistant Professor of History
Office: 5126 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5033 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Fridays 1:00-2:15
I do research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer science and technology studies. My research focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light, and how the experiences of women and LGBTQI people change the core narratives of the history of technology in unexpected ways. My book, Programmed Inequality (MIT Press, 2017), looks at how the British lost their early lead in computing by discarding women computer workers. My work focuses on explaining why technologies often hide regressive values while espousing “revolutionary” or “disruptive” goals.
My current projects include a book of biographies of women in math, and a monograph that will look at transgender Britons’ interactions with the computerized systems of the British welfare state in the 20th century. That project will discuss the prehistory of algorithmic bias by investigating how early computerized systems determined whose bodies and identities were allowed to exist in the modern welfare state.
Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., Duke University
A.B., Harvard University
Marie Hicks. Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing. MIT Press, 2017.
- “Computer Love: Replicating Social Order Through Early Computer Dating Systems,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, & Technology (Fall 2016, issue 10)
- “Against Meritocracy in the History of Computing” (pdf), CORE: The Magazine of the Computer History Museum (2016, starts on p. 28)
- “Using Digital Tools for Classroom Activism: Exploring Gender, Infrastructure, and Technological Discipline through a Public Bathroom Project,”SYLLABUS Journal 4, no. 2 (2015)
- “De-Brogramming the History of Computing,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (January-March 2013).
- “Only the Clothes Changed: Women Operators in British Computing and Advertising, 1950-1970″ (pdf), IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 32, no. 2 (October-December 2010).
- “Meritocracy and Feminization in Conflict: Computerization in the British Government” (pdf) in Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing, ed. Thomas Misa (IEEE-CS Press/Wiley, 2010).
- “Repurposing Turing’s Human Brake.” (pdf) IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 30, no. 4 (October-December 2008).
- “Integrating Women at Oxford and Harvard Universities, 1964-1977.” In Yards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History, ed. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
- The UK National Museum of Computing, Research Grant, 2017
- Lewis College of Human Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, 2016
- Visiting Research Fellowship from John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, UK, 2014
- Hagley Exploratory Research Grant, 2014
- Arthur L. Norberg Travel Grant Award to the Charles Babbage Center on the History of Computing, 2013
- National Science Foundation Science and Society Dissertation Research Grant
- Charles Babbage Institute’s Tomash Fellowship for History of Information Processing, University of Minnesota
History Courses Taught
- History 283/HistSci 280 – Women in Computing History