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Jamie Pietruska

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A.B. Brown University

At Rutgers since 2010

311 Van Dyck Hall
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My scholarly interests are in the cultural history of the nineteenth-century United States and the history of science and technology, and my research focuses on knowledge production and information networks in the late nineteenth century.  My current project, Looking Forward: A Cultural History of Prediction in the Gilded Age, examines the economic and epistemological implications of forecasting as well as the interrelationship between forecasting practices and ideas about predictability and uncertainty.        


  • 512: 104  Development of US II
  • 512: 304  The Forging of Modern America, 1880-1920


  • “‘Cotton Guessers’: Crop Forecasters and the Rationalizing of Uncertainty in American Cotton Markets, 1890-1905,” in The Rise of Marketing and Market Research, eds. Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2012).
  • “U.S. Weather Bureau Chief Willis Moore and the Reimagination of Uncertainty in Long-Range Forecasting,” Environment and History 17 (2011): 79-105.


  • American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow, 2010-12
  • Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2009-10
  • American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize, Society for the History of Technology, 2004


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • History of Science Society
  • Society for the History of Technology

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