My research focuses on histories of science, technology, and mid-to-late twentieth century business strategy. In my dissertation, "Scenarios as Strategies," I track the rise of postwar corporate scenario planning, a non-calculative technique for managing future uncertainties that cannot be reduced to probabilistic forecasts or optimum decisions. Scenario techniques, while developed by Cold War strategists, were used in a variety of business organizations as one way to deal with the management uncertainties presented by the multiple crises of industrial society, like peak oil, geopolitical turmoil, economic recession, and the fracturing of public values.
Previously, I've written about how utopian theories of social networking exclude the wide gaps in accessibility and usability within stratified communities in the Bay Area as "Rethinking 'Internet for Everyone' & Social Networking" in Community Technology Review. My other research interests include histories of Silicon Valley and the rise of disruptive innovation, feminist technoscience, community technology movements and the digital divide, and technological philanthropy and social inequality in California.