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Lee Vinsel

College of Arts & Letters

Stevens Institute of Technology

Castle Point on Hudson

Hoboken, New Jersey, 07030

412-310-2450

lee.vinsel@gmail.com
Academic Employment:
2012–Present, Stevens Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor, Program in Science and Technology Studies, College of Arts & Letters.
2011–2012, Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dual Appointment in the Kennedy School of Government’s Program on Science, Technology, and Society and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Education:
Ph.D., History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011. Dissertation title: Federal Regulatory Management of the Automobile in the United States, 1966-1988. Dissertation Committee: David A. Hounshell (Chair), Joel A. Tarr, John Soluri, Jay Aronson, and Steven W. Usselman (Georgia Tech).
M.S., History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006.
B.A., Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2003. Senior Thesis: Get Over It!: The Foucault-Habermas Debate and Critical Theory in the United States
Publications:
“The Fruit of Regulation: Standards, Surveillance, and Technological Change in the US Automobile After 1966,” Technology and Culture, Revise and Resubmit
“The Discovery-Invention Cycle: Bridging the Basic/Applied Dichotomy,” Co-authored with Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Tolu Odumosu, Issues in Science and Technology, forthcoming.
“The Crusade for Credible Energy Information and Analysis in the United States, 1973–1982,” History and Technology, 28, no. 2 (June 2012), 147–176.
Grants, Fellowships, and Dissertation Colloquia:
Lemelson Center Fellow, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 2013.
The John E. Rovensky Fellowship in American Business or Economic History, 2009-2010.
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2009-2010.
Business History Conference Dissertation Colloquium, 2009.
Ford Motor Company Research Funding, 2008.
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2008.
The Socio-Political Construction of Technologies under "Technology-Forcing"

Regulations: A Tale of Two Automotive Technologies, "One" Government and "One"

Industry, National Science Foundation Grant. My tuition and graduate stipend were

funded under this grant from January-August, 2008.


National Science Foundation Grant for the creation of the Climate Decision Making

Center. My tuition and graduate stipend were funded under this grant from 2005-2008.


Academic Presentations:
“Learning From Disaster: Sandy, Communications, and Manifold Resiliency,” Idaho National Laboratory—Resilience Week, San Francisco, CA, August 13, 2013
“Inventing Auto Safety: Technological Change and Social Innovation Around Automotive Risk, 1900–1940,” Smithsonian Institute—National Museum of American History, July 16, 2013
“Humanizing the Machine: Theory and Pedagogy in Science and Technology Studies, 1968–1985,” International Society for Intellectual History, Princeton University, June 7, 2013.
“Bodies at Unrest: Impact Biomechanics as a Regulatory Science,” Society for the History of Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 4–7, 2012.
“From R&D to Technology Assessment: Regulatory Agencies, Strategies, and the Changing Nature of Knowledge Production in US Automotive Emissions Control, 1960–1980,” Sites of Regulatory Knowledge: An International Comparative Workshop on Regulatory Agencies, Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société, Paris, France, June 21, 2012.
“Making Trust During Crisis: Policy, Coordination, and Energy Statistics, 1973–1986,” Policy History Conference, Richmond, VA, June 9, 2012.
“Manufacturing Trust: Experts and the Production of Energy Statistics in the United States, 1973–1982,” Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI, April 19, 2012.
“The Politics of the Dummy Light: Liberalism and US Federal Regulation of Technological Risk, 1960–1980,” STS Circle, Harvard University, November 7, 2011.
“Envisioning Regulatory Performance Standards: Risks, Tests, and the Regulation of the Automobile in the United States,” Science and Democracy Network Annual Meeting, Cambridge MA, June 30, 2011.
“Have Automakers Made ‘Good Faith’ Efforts to Create ‘Feasible’ Emission Controls?: Experts, the Regulatory Environment, and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970,” Business History Conference, 2011.
“What if Michel Foucault and Walter Vincenti Had a Baby?: Standards,

Tests, and the Regulation of the Automobile in the United States,” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Tacoma, WA, October 2, 2010.


“Establishing the State of the Art: Firms, Regulation, and the Production of Knowledge, 1970-1977,” Business History Conference, Athens, GA, March 25, 2010.
“Making the Crash Barrier: Medical Authority, Engineering Culture, and Bureaucratic Practice in American Automotive Safety, 1966-1980,” History of Science Society Conference, Phoenix, AZ, November 21, 2009.
Comment on Panel on “Risk and Hazard in the Manufactured Gas Industry in the 19th Century,” Society for the History of Technology Conference, October 17, 2009.
“Reconsidering Path Dependence,” Climate Decision Making Center (CDMC) Annual Meeting,

Pittsburgh, PA, May 21, 2007.


“‘Every Week We Find a New Devil’: The Crusade for Credible Energy Information and

Analysis, 1973-1982,” MEPHISTOS Conference, University of California at Los

Angeles, April 7, 2007.
“Historical Studies of Path Dependency: The Diesel Engine and the Failure of Early

Opportunities for Decentralization,” CDMC National Science Foundation Site Visit, Pittsburgh,

PA, March, 2007

Teaching Experience:
Teaching Fellow, Introduction to Technology and Society, Professor Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Harvard University, Spring Semester 2012: I am responsible for managing the course module on energy and the environment, for which I will also give a lecture and run a case study on alternative automotive engine systems. I also run a weekly discussion section.
Guest Lecturer, “The History of Cost-Benefit Analysis,” Environmental Politics, Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University, Fall Semester 2011.
Teaching Assistant, Global Village, Professor Mark Thompson, Stephens College, Spring Semester 2011: I led two weekly, hour-long discussion sections and managed administrative details such as grading and attendance.
Teaching Assistant, Government and Economics, Professor Mark Thompson, Stephens College, Fall Semester 2010: I led two weekly, hour-long discussion sections and managed administrative details such as grading and attendance.
Teaching Assistant, The Development of American Culture, Professor Scott A. Sandage, Carnegie Mellon University, Fall Semester 2008: I led two weekly, hour-long discussion sections and managed administrative details such as grading and attendance.
Guest Lecturer, “History of the Women’s Movement and Second-Wave Feminism,” The Development of American Culture, Professor Scott A. Sandage, Carnegie Mellon University, Fall Semester 2008.
Guest Lecturer and Discussion Leader, “History of Research and Development During World War II in Germany, Japan, and the United States,” Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development, Professor David A. Hounshell, Fall Semester 2007.
Guest Lecturer, “Systems in the History of Technology,” Technology and American Society, Professor David A. Hounshell, Fall Semester 2007.
Guest Lecturer, “The Role of Conspiracy Theories in Political History,” Spies and Assassins of 19th Century Europe: An Examination of the Parallel Development of the Large Espionage Systems and the Nation State in 19th Century Europe, Graduate Instructor Ruth Kittner, Spring Semester 2007.
Public Presentations and Outreach:
Radio interview on the history of automotive regulation on History for the Future, WRCT—Pittsburgh, broadcast January 26, 2010.
Presentation, “’The Maximum of Dispassion’: Varieties of Trust in the Formation of the Energy

Information Administration, 1973-1982,” Energy Information Administration (EIA),



Washington, D.C., August 26, 2007. Attended primarily by present and former employees of the EIA.


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