University of Wisconsin–Madison

Marie Hicks

Assistant Professor of History


Office: 5126 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5033 Mosse Humanities
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Marie Hicks


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


Selected Publications


  • 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