Ann Johnson

Associate Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
Science & Technology Studies

Academic focus:
History, philosophy and sociology of science and technology, focusing mainly on the activities of engineers and applied scientists

Current research:
I am working on two manuscripts, one on the history of engineering and the role of engineers in the American early republic and one on the role of predictions in science. I’m also conducting a research project looking at the implementation of new technologies in the developing world.

Previous Positions:
Assistant/Associate Professor, History and Philosophy, University of South Carolina, 2005-2015
Instructor/Assistant Professor, History, Fordham University, 1997-2004
Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, University of Southern California, 1990-1993

Academic Background:
PhD, History of Science, Princeton, 2000  
MFA, Technical design and production, Yale School of Drama, 1990
AB, College of William and Mary, 1987

Last Books Read:
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates;  "Moore’s Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary" by David Brock, Rachel Jones, and Arnold Thackray

In your own time/when not working:
I like to swim, ride my bicycle, and go to the gym.  I drive my 14 year old son to swimming meets and work as an official at USA Swimming meets.  And even though it’s unfashionable to admit it, I also really like to watch TV!

Courses you’re looking forward to teaching:
History of Technology, Life Science and Society

What excites you most about Cornell:
The opportunity to meet new collaborators and develop new projects together is the most exciting possibility.  I’m looking forward to getting to know Cornell’s students, both grads and undergrads.  Getting to know the town of Ithaca is also going to be an adventure.