My project investigates the history of social and political thought in relation to digital technology. Specifically, it looks at the relationship between techno-optimism (Prometheanism) and free-market ideas in late-twentieth-century America. I am particularly interested in the rise of a new kind of public intellectual, the "tech guru," and how such figures deployed futurism, popular science, and new ideas about management and globalisation in their work throughout the 1970s-1990s.
The project is funded by the AHRC and I am also a Senior Scholar at Wadham College. Other roles include Outreach Tutor for the History Faculty, Study Advisor for Wadham, and coordinator of the Oxford Technology in Society Forum.
Outside research, I used to work for one of Oxford's access and outreach initiative, OxNet, which seeks to widen participation in higher education among historically disadvantaged groups. I continue to have a keen interest in university access, and welcome opportunities to contribute to any initiatives where I might be useful.