Jennifer AlexanderAssociate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Honors and Awards
- 2010 Sidney M. Edelstein Prize 2010, Society for the History of Technology. Mantra of Efficiency
- The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).
- Bloomsbury Cultural History of Technology, 6 volumes (London: Bloomsbury, expected 2024). Initiating Editor and Co-General Editor, full editorial team of 12 scholars and approximately 60 chapter authors.
- Technology and Religion, special issue of History and Technology (September 2020), co-editor
- “A Brief History of Engineering”, in Diane P. Michelfelder and Neelke Doorn, eds., The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Engineering (New York and London: Routledge, 2021), 25-37.
- “An engineering career as industrial mission: Jack Keiser in post-war Britain,” History and Technology 36 (2020): 263-291.
- “Introduction: The entanglement of technology and religion,” History and Technology 36 (2020): 165-186.
- “The Varieties of Efficiency,” Introduction to Mantra of Efficiency, translated and reprinted in Anthony Huberman et al, eds. Other Mechanisms (Vienna, Austria: Secessions Gallery, 2018), 64-80.
- “Rationalization comes to Rome: Fascism and the Third International Congress on the Scientific Management of Labor, Rome, 1927” in Evert Peeters, ed., Between Autonomy and Engagement: Performances of Scientific Expertise, 1860-1960 (London: Pickering & Chatto, Series History and Philosophy of Technoscience, 2015): 147-160.
- “Radically religious: Ecumenical Roots of the Critique of Technological Society,” in Helena Jerónimo, José Luís Garcia, Carl Mitcham, eds., Jacques Ellul and the Technological Society in the Twenty-First Century (Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London: Springer Verlag, 2013): 191-203.
- “Thinking again about science in technology,” Isis 103 (2012): 518-26.
- “The power to give credit and blame,” History and Technology 28 (2012): 83-92.
- “The Concept of Efficiency: An Historical Analysis,” in Anthony Meijers, ed., Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, v. 8: Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences (Elsevier, 2009): 1007-1030.
- “Efficiencies of balance: Technical efficiency, popular efficiency, and arbitrary standards in the early progressive era US.” Social Studies of Science 38 (2008): 323-349.
- “An efficiency of scarcity: using food to increase the productivity of Soviet prisoners of war in the coal mines of the Third Reich,” History and Technology 22 (2006): 391-406.
- “Efficiency and pathology: mechanical discipline and efficient worker seating in Germany, 1929-1932,” Technology and Culture 47 (2006): 286-310.
- “The line between potential and working machines: César Nicolas Leblanc and patent engravings, 1811-1835,” History and Technology 15 (1999): 175-212.
- “Perfect Demobilization,” in Body Montage: Cultures of Corporeal Dis/Assembling, 1900-1933, Thomas Schlich and Cornelius Borck, eds. (Fordham University Press, project paused).