Research Interests: History of computing; science and technology studies; modern American history; history of Capitalism; Cold War; social studies of finance; history of economic thought.
Devin Kennedy is a historian of technology, focusing on the history of computing and computer science in their political, economic, and social contexts. His current project traces the coevolution of computing and financialization in the post-war United States. In 2019-2020 he is the Helen and Robert Appel Fellow in History and Technology at the New-York Historical Society.
[in preparation] Co-editor, “Computing Capitalisms: Business, History and Information, Technology” Special Issue of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.
“The Machine in the Market: Computers and the Infrastructure of Price at the New York Stock Exchange, 1965–1975.” Social Studies of Science 47, no. 6 (December 1, 2017): 888–917.
[forthcoming] “Manufacturing Networks: Computer Science in Industrial America.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. October, 2019
“Financial Heuristics: Investment as a Subject of Artificial Intelligence Research.” Conference, ‘Toward a History of AI.’ Columbia University, New York, NY. May, 2019.
“Networked Markets and Mainframe Politics: The Governance of Early Electronic Financial Markets, 1965-1975.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 2019.
“ ‘Every Machine has a Status, Every Worker has a Condition’ Factory Simulations and Industrial Computing, 1955-1968.” Society for the History of Technology, Special Interest Group Computers, Information and Society [SIGCIS]. St. Louis, MO. October, 2018.
AB., summa cum laude Comparative Literature, Princeton University
A.M., PhD., History of Science, Harvard University