Profile: Elizabeth Petrick

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Research specializations: information technologies, development and use of technology, civil rights, public policy

Elizabeth Petrick received her PhD in History and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2012. Her research interests include the history of information technologies, civil rights, public policy, and the relationship between development and use of technology. Her dissertation, Fulfilling the Promise of the Personal Computer: The Development of Accessible Computer Technologies, 1970-1998, explored the efforts of activist groups, computer companies, and legislators to promote access to computer technologies for people with disabilities. Her to-be-titled book, based on this project, will be published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015.

She is currently working on two research projects. The first deals with the regulation and development of telecommunications networks in the United States and the demand for access from marginalized groups. The second concerns the intellectual history of computer interfaces, specifically on research starting in the 1970s into tablet computers and their potential to aid learning.