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Michigan State University
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technology, science, gender
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About Me

I think, write, and create across boundaries.

My book A People’s History of Computing in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2018) is available for pre-order as a good old-fashioned hardcover, e-book, or audio book – check your favorite local bookstore, too. In addition to teaching myself how to code, double-majoring in Mathematics and History magna cum laude, and earning a PhD in History, I’ve studied movement and the performing arts for 20+ years, giving me the expertise to work with television and film. I’ve cultivated a 10+ year career as a program-launcher, most often at the intersection of education and technology. I enjoy speaking about my work and encouraging writers as an editor. I’m proud to work, write, and edit as a Contributing Editor for the magazine and podcast Lady Science. If you’d like me to write, consult, speak, or edit for you, drop me a line.

Recent Publications

Joy Lisi Rankin, A People’s History of Computing in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Joy Rankin, “Where in the world is…Cathy Carlston,” The New Inquiry and Lady Science No. 45 (June 14, 2018).

Joy Rankin, “Eugenics: Policing Everything,” The New Inquiry and Lady Science No. 33 (June 15, 2017).

Joy Rankin, “Florence Nightingale: Of Myths and Maths,” The New Inquiry and Lady Science No. 29 (February 17, 2017).

Joy Rankin, “Lady Wranglers,” The New Inquiry and Lady Science No. 26 (November 18, 2016).

Joy Rankin, “My Thrilling Adventures Reading about Ada and Charles,” Lady Science No. 23 (August 19, 2016).

Joy Rankin, Why I love The Bletchley Circle and you should, too Lady Science No. 10(July 17, 2015).

Joy Rankin, “Queens of Code,” Lady Science No. 9 (June 19, 2015).

Joy Rankin, “From the Mainframes to the Masses: A Participatory Computing Movement in Minnesota Education,” Histories of the Internet special issue of Information and Culture: A Journal of History 50.2 (2015), pp. 197-216.

Joy Rankin, “Toward a History of Social Computing: Children, Classrooms, Campuses, and Communities,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 36.2 (April – June 2014), pp. 88, 86-87.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Science, Technology