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Marie Hicks

Marie Hicks , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History







Siegel Hall 206


Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., Duke University
A.B., Harvard University

Research Interests 

History of technology
Computing history
Gender and technology
Institutional change
Modern Europe


Marie Hicks is a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe, specializing in the history of computing. Her recent work focuses on labor and technological change in Britain, and on investigating how 20th century efforts to computerize changed gendered and classed expectations associated with machine work. Her work studies how collective understandings of social progress are defined by competing discourses of national prestige, labor, and productivity, and how technologies play a formative role in this process.

Seeking Ph.D. students with interests in:

Queer STS

History and historiography of science and technology

Gender and sexuality studies

Professional Society Memberships 

Current Projects 

Currently completing a book, Compiling Inequalities: Gender, Technocracy, and the Computerization of Britain, 1930-1979 that investigates how the dropping percentage of women computer operators and programmers injured efforts to computerize British government and industry, and ultimately hindered that nation's global political and technological aspirations.

Awards & Honors 

Associate Editor for the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Vice Chair of Operations for the Special Interest Group on Computers and Information in Society within the Society for the History of Technology
2013 Arthur L. Norberg Travel Grant Award
Science and Society Dissertation Research Grant
Charles Babbage Institute’s Tomash Fellowship for History of Information Processing, University of Minnesota

Selected Publications 

“De-Brogramming the History of Computing,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (January-March 2013).

"Only the Clothes Changed: Women Operators in British Computing and Advertising, 1950-1970," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 32, no. 2 (October-December 2010).

"Meritocracy and Feminization in Conflict: Computerization in the British Government" in Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing, ed. Thomas Misa (IEEE-CS Press/Wiley, 2010).

"Repurposing Turing's Human Brake." IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 30, no. 4 (October-December 2008).

"Integrating Women at Oxford and Harvard Universities, 1964-1977." In Yards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History, ed. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Hicks also occasionally contributes blog posts at