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2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


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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I am an historian of the nineteenth-century United States with interests in culture, technoscience, knowledge infrastructures, capitalism, and bureaucracy.  My research has focused on the production and circulation of knowledge about the future and how forecasting practices and ideas about uncertainty shaped each other.  My first book, Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2017), is a history of forecasting that explores how the routinized predictions of everyday life functioned as tools for risk management as late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Americans came to believe in the promise and accept the limitations of predicting the future.  My current research explores paperwork, bureaucracy, and knowledge production in American detective agencies.       


  • 512:104 Development of US II
  • 512:304 The Forging of Modern America, 1880-1920
  • 512:329 Technology and Nature in American History
  • 510:535 Graduate Colloquium in the History of Technology



  • 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
  • Business History Conference
  • Organization of American Historians
  • History of Science Society
  • Society for the History of Technology

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