New Editors Announced for the Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology Series

Johns Hopkins University Press is excited to announce that Patrick McCray, Kate McDonald, and Asif Siddiqi are the new editors for the influential and long-running book series Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology. While the series has, broadly speaking, been primarily oriented toward studies of US technologies, especially in the period before 1970, McCray, McDonald, and Siddiqi will expand the series to reflect the way the field has broadened in the 21st century. The new editors seek projects with a global scope along with those that combine the history of technology with the history of science, medicine, and the environment. The renewed series will showcase more diverse topics, authors, and approaches, while continuing to emphasize histories of technologies and the high standards established by the previous editor, Merritt Roe Smith.

The new editors bring a complementary set of experiences and expertise to the series. McCray has written widely about 20th-century technologies; McDonald is an expert on technology in modern Japan, mobility studies, and historiography; and Siddiqi is an expert on Soviet and post-colonial technologies as well as South Asian topics. Each of the series editors also has valuable experience editing or managing journals. McCray was the editor of Osiris for five years and has served on the editorial boards of Isis and Technology and Culture, and McDonald serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Asian Studies. Siddiqi co-edits the Technology in Motion short monographs series sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology and published by JHUP.

Patrick McCray is professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara where he researches, writes, and teaches about the histories of modern technology and science. His most recent book is Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture (MIT Press, 2020). Kate McDonald is associate professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara. A historian of Japan and the history of technology, McDonald is the author of Placing Empire: Travel and Social Imagination in Imperial Japan (University of California Press, 2017). Asif Siddiqi is professor of history at Fordham University where he is also Director of the O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism. Among his many publications is the book The Rocket’s Red Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957 (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Contact Matt McAdam, JHUP senior editor for the history of science, technology, and medicine, at for more information and to submit proposal materials.

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