Paul N. Edwards

I am a Professor in the School of Information (SI) and the Dept. of History at theUniversity of Michigan. SI is an interdisciplinary professional school focused on bringing people, information, and technology together in more valuable ways.

My research explores the history, politics, and cultural aspects of computers, information infrastructures, and global climate science. Here is my curriculum vitae.

I sometimes direct the University of Michigan Science, Technology & Society Program. The program sponsors a distinguished speaker series, a biweekly faculty colloquium, a graduate certificate, and an undergraduate minor.

I am co-editor (with Geoffrey C. Bowker) of the Infrastructures book series (MIT Press), and I serve on the editorial boards of Climatic Change and Information & Culture: A Journal of History. My most recent book is A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010).

In 2012-13, I'm teaching at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo).

Contributions by Paul N. Edwards

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How to Give an Academic Talk

"Stage fright is something everybody has to handle in their own way. But academic culture is something we can deliberately change. This short essay is an attempt to begin that process with some pointers for effective public speaking." On behalf of bored audiences everywhere, I wrote this essay to promote good public speaking. It is being circulated widely on the Internet. As a result, ...

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