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Ronald R. Kline

Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Professor in History and Ethics of Engineering

Frank H T Rhodes Hall, Room 394
306 Rockefeller Hall

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University



  • American Studies Program
  • History
  • Science and Technology Studies

Graduate Fields

  • History
  • Peace Studies and Peace Science
  • Science and Technology Studies



  • The Cybernetics Moment, Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
  • "Technological Determinism," International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed., edited by James Wright (Oxford: Elsevier, 2015), pp. 24: 109-112. 
  • "Foundational Stories," Technology and Culture, 54 (Jan 2013), pp. 117-129. SHOT Presidential Address.
  • "Cybernetics, Automata Studies, and the Dartmouth Conference on Artificial Intelligence," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 33, no. 4 (Oct-Dec 2011), pp. 5-16.
  • "Science and Technology," in Wrestling with Nature:  From Omens to Science, edited by Peter Harrison, Ronald L. Numbers, and Michael H. Shank (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), pp. 225-252.
  • "Engineering Case Studies: Bridging Micro and Macro Ethics," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 29, no. 4 (Winter 2010): 16-19.
  • "Where are the Cyborgs in Cybernetics?" Social Studies of Science, 33 (June 2009): 331-362.