Ruth Oldenziel is professor at Eindhoven University of Technology and will be a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Munich in the Fall of 2013 and 2014. She received her PhD from Yale University in American History in 1992 after graduate training in American Studies at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Amsterdam. She has been a research fellow at Hagley Museum and Library, DE; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the Lemelson Center in Washington, D.C., the Social Science Research Institute in Amsterdam, Georgetown University, and NIAS, Wassenaar. 

Over the past fifteen years, she has been chair and team leader of several international ESF grants; widely lectured, among others, at Princeton, Michigan, Sorbonne, Science Museum London, Berlin Free University, Munich TU, University of Antwerp, KU Leuven, Central University Budapest, University of Athens. 

Her publications include books and articles in the area of American, gender, and technology studies: Consumers, Users, Rebels: The People Who Shaped Europe (2013) with Mikael Hard; "Islands: U.S. as Networked Empire" (2011); Cold War Kitchen. Americanization, Technology, and European Users (2009);  Manufacturing Technology. Manufacturing Consumers (2009); Gender and Technology. A Reader (2003); Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges (2000); Making Technology Masculine: Men, Women and Modern Machines in America, 1870-1945 (1999); 'Boys and their Toys in America' (1997); Gender and the Meanings of Technology: Engineering in the U.S., 1880-1945 (1992).

Oldenziel comments on American issues for Dutch radio, TV, and print media; lectures extensively on the subject for a general audience; and is chair of the Board of the John Adams Institute and board member of the Fulbright Center and the Netherlands American Studies Association. She is on the Advisory Board of The Yvy Circle, The Netherlands and Humanity in Action, The Netherlands.


PhD Yale University, American History, 1992
MPhil Yale University, History, 1988
MA University of Amsterdam, European History and Social Theory, 1985
MA University of Massachusetts at Amherst, American History, 1984
Graduate Diploma Smith College, American Studies, 1982
BA University of Amsterdam, European History and Social Theory, 1982


Rachel Carson Center Fellow, Munich, 2013-2014
Senior Fellow Netherlands Institute for Advanced, Wassenaar, Fall 2010

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2003
Best Article, Women in Science, History of Science Society, 2002
Senior Fellow, SISWO, University of Amsterdam, 2000-2001
Senior Fellow, Lemelson Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1996
International Fellow, Society of the History of Technology, 1994-1996
Fellow, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC 1990
Fellowship, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE, 1989
Fellowship, Yale University, 1985-1987


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