Moderator and Commentator, "Conjugating Technology and Childhood: A Transtlantic Look" (accepted session), Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, Nottingham, England, June 2013.

Seminarium: "Black Power, White Technology: Progress and Race Ideologies in Early US Electrification," Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, March 2011.

"Categories of Difference, Categories of Power: Bringing Gender and Race to the History of Technology" Technology and Culture 51(2010): 893-918.

Invited Discussant, Workshop "Gender Studies of Science: Using and Producing Science Beyond the Academy," Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, June 2010.

Invited Paper, "Technology: Defined by Exclusion?" Workshop Discussions on Technological Cultures (Francesca Bray and Dagmar Schäfer, conveners), Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, February 2010.

"Apprenticeship Industrialized: Technological Knowledge from Household to Shop Floor," Society for the History of Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, October 2008.

"Jim Crow and the White Way: Race, Region, and Progress in Early Electrification," British Society for the History of Science (3 societies meeting), Oxford, England, July 2008; International Congress of the History of Technology (ICOHTEC), Victoria, BC, Canada, August 2008.

Invited Paper, "Beyond Identity: Boundaries of Difference, Relations of Power, Ways of Knowing." Telling The Past Now: Historiographies For The 21st Century, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, November 2007.

Invited Paper, "Industrializing Know-How: Technological Knowledge beyond the Exclusions of 'Technology.'" 50th Anniversary Workshop, Society for the History of Technology, Washington DC, October 2007.

Invited Paper, "Jim Crow and the White Way: Thoughts on Race, Progress, and Early Electrification in the US" Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota, February, 2007"

"New South, New North: Region, Ideology, and Access in Industrial Education," in Bruce Sinclair, ed., Technology and the African American Experience: Needs and Opportunities for Study (MIT Press, 2004).

"Camouflaged Resistance: Electrification and Industrial Education in the US South, 1890-1920," Faculty Forum, Whitman College, fall 2004

"Apprenticeship's New Clothes, or, Decline and Progress Reconsidered," Columbia History of Science Group, March 2004

Gender and Technology: a Reader. Nina Lerman, Ruth Oldenziel, and Arwen Mohun, eds. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

My 2001 entry on "Technology" for American Girlhood: an Encyclopedia is available here.

Gender Analysis and the History of Technology, special issue of Technology and Culture, Nina Lerman, Arwen Mohun, and Ruth Oldenziel, guest editors (Vol. 38 No. 1, Jan 1997).

"The Uses of Useful Knowledge: Science, Technology, and Social Boundaries in an Industrializing City," Osiris 12(1997): 39-59.

"'Preparing for the Duties and Practical Business of Life': Technological Knowledge and Social Structure in Mid-19th-Century Philadelphia," Technology and Culture 38(1997):31-59.

"Books on Early American Technology, 1966-1991," in Judith A. McGaw, ed. Early American Technology: Essays in the History of Making and Doing Things from the Colonial Era to 1850 (Chapel Hill and Williamsburg: University of North Carolina Press for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1994).


Clockwise: Street corner, Philadelphia, 21st c; trestle railroad bridge, British Columbia, 19th c; Olympia and Granby Mills, Columbia, SC; School manual, 1817; waterwheel, Skansen, Stockholm, 19th c.

Image Credits: all photographs by Nina Lerman. School manual page from Manual of the System of Teaching Reading, Writing, Arithmetick, and Needlework in the Charity Schools and the British and Foreign School Society (Philadelphia: 1917), Google ebook at

selected papers and publications