Nathan  Ensmenger

Nathan Ensmenger

Associate Professor

Chair, Informatics

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Informatics East 226A


  • PhD in History & Sociology of Science at University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • BSE in Civil Engineering and Operations Research at Princeton, 1994


Nathan Ensmenger is an associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of software and software workers, the history of artificial intelligence, and questions of gender and identity in computer programming. His 2010 book The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise, explored to the rise to power of the "computer expert" in American corporate, economic, and political life. He is one of the co-authors of the most recent edition of the popular Computer: A history of the Information Machine. He is currently working on a book exploring the global environmental history of the electronic digital computer.

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