Curriculum Vitae (December 2022)


Engineers for Change: Competing Visions of Technology in 1960s America (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012).

In progress: Every American an Innovator: How Innovation Became a Way of Life (under contract with MIT Press, expected publication 2023).

Edited Book

Matthew Wisnioski, Eric S. Hintz, and Marie Stettler Kleine, Does America Need More Innovators? (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2019). [open access download]

Articles and Book Chapters

Kari Zacharias and Matthew Wisnioski, “Land-Grant Hybrids: From Art and Technology to SEAD.” Leonardo 52, no. 3 (2019): 275-284.

“How the Industrial Scientist Got His Groove: Entrepreneurial Journalism and the Fashioning of Technoscientific Innovators,” in Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture, David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray, eds. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), 337-365.

“The Birth of Innovation.” IEEE Spectrum 52, no. 2 (2015): 40-45, 60-61.

“Engineers Make Their Own Context: Vision-Construction in the Profession,” in Issues in Engineering Studies: Engineering Education and Practice in Context, S.H. Christensen, C. Didier, A. Jamison, M. Meganck, C. Mitcham, and B. Newberry, eds. (New York: Springer, 2015), 347-359.

“‘Suppose the World Were Already Lost’: Worst Case Design and the Engineering Imagination at Harvey Mudd College.” Engineering Studies 6, no. 2 (August 2014): 65-86.

Matthew Wisnioski and Kari Zacharias, “Sandbox Infrastructure: Field Notes from the Arts Research Boom,” ARPA Journal 1, no. 1 (May 2014).

“Centerbeam: Art of the Environment,” in A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment, Arindam Dutta, ed. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013), 189-225.

Otto Piene and Matthew Wisnioski “Art/Science/Technology,” in A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment, Arindam Dutta, ed. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013), 770-798.

“Why MIT Institutionalized the Avant-Garde: Negotiating Aesthetic Virtue in the Postwar Defense Institute,” Configurations 21, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 85-116.

“How Engineers Contextualize Themselves,” in Engineers in Context, Steen Hyldgård Christensen, Bernard Delahousse, and Martin Meganck, eds. (Aarhus, Denmark: Academica, 2009), 403-415.

“‘Liberal Education has Failed’: Reading Like an Engineer in 1960s America,” Technology & Culture 50, no. 4 (October 2009): 753-782.

“Inside ‘The System’: Engineers, Scientists, and the Boundaries of Social Protest in the Long 1960s,” History and Technology 19, no. 4 (December 2003): 313-333.

Public Media

“Inside the online world not indexed by search engines,” (Review of Jamie Bartlett, The Dark Net) Washington Post. June 26, 2015.

“How Digital Technology is Destroying Your Mind,” (Review of Susan Greenfield, Mind Change) Washington Post. February 13, 2015.

“‘The Innovators,’ on the creation of the digital revolution, by Walter Isaacson,” Washington Post, October 3, 2014. Review of Walter Isaacson, The Innovators (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014).

“‘Change or Die!’: A History of the Innovator’s Aphorism,” The Atlantic (December 12, 2012).

Recent Reviews

“Pedro Garcia Duarte and Yann Giraud, eds., Economics and Engineering: Institutions, Practices, and Cultures,” Technology and Culture 63, no. 2 (April 2022): 523-525.

“Eric Schatzberg, Technology: Critical History of a Concept,” American Historical Review 126, no. 1 (March 2021): 266–267

“David Cateforis, Steven Duval, and Shepherd Steiner, Hybrid Practices: Art in Collaboration with Science and Technology in the Long 1960s,” ISIS 111, no. 4 (December 2020): 907-908.

“Diane E. Bailey and Paul M. Leonardi, Technology Choices: Why Occupations Differ in Their Embrace of New Technology,”Technology and Culture 58, no. 2 (April 2017): 609-611.

“Review: Henry Petroski, To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure (USA: Belknap Press, 2012),” ISIS 104, no. 4 (December 2013): 829-830.

“Design Enigmas: SSK in the Service of Practice.” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Part A 44, no. 4 (2013): 613-617. Review of David Bloor’s Enigma of the Aerofoil: Rival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).

“Let’s Be Fysiksists Again,” Science 332, no. 6037 (June 24, 2011): 1504-1505. Review of David Kaiser, How the Hippies Saved Physics (New York: Norton, 2011).

Editorials and Opinion

Matthew Wisnioski and Lee Vinsel, “The Campus Innovation Myth,” The Chronicle of Higher EducationJune 11, 2019.

Matthew Wisnioski, “What’s the Use?: History and Engineering Education Research,” (editorially reviewed), Journal of Engineering Education 104, no. 3 (2015).