Department of History

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  • Jamie Pietruska
  • Associate Professor of History
  • Degree: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Additional Degree(s): A.B. Brown University
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2010
  • Specialty: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century US: Cultural History; Science and Technology
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  • Office: 311 Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone: 848-932-8544



My research interests encompass culture, technoscience, capitalism, and bureaucracy, and my scholarship examines the production and circulation of knowledge in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States.  My first book, Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, 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 investigation in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States.  



  • 506:233 History of the Future
  • 512:235 Accidents and Disasters in the U.S. & the World
  • 512:237 Data: A Social History
  • 512:329 Technology & Nature in American History


  • 510:535 Graduate Colloquium in the History of Technoscience & Capitalism
  • 510:535 Graduate Colloquium in the History of Technology & Nature



  • Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Best Article Prize, 2018
  • School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2018
  • Digital Humanities Seed Grant, Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative, 2016-17
  • 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
  • Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Upcoming Events

Mon Sep 26 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Digital Humanities Lab Mixer
Tue Sep 27 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Ethel Brooks: RCHA Seminar
Wed Sep 28 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Thomas Lindenberger: Center for European Studies
Tue Oct 04 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Alex Hinton: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 04 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Pablo Gomez Book Talk: Caribbean Working Group of CLAS
Thu Oct 06
Undergraduate Public History Tour of J&J Museum


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