The Metropole Bookshelf: Margaret O’Mara on technology and urban transformation in her latest book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America

By Margaret O’Mara The Code is the book I wish existed in March 2000, the month I moved to San Francisco from Philadelphia, a dissertating history graduate student amid a sea of IPO-chasing techies and newly minted MBAs. It was the height of the dot-com boom (quite literally: the tech-heavy NASDAQ index hit its highest […]

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Member of the Week: Claire Poitras

Claire Poitras Professor of Urban Studies and Scientific Director of the Villes Régions Monde Network INRS-Urbanisation Culture Société Montréal, Quebec, Canada Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  My areas of research include urban, suburban and metropolitan history. I am particularly interested in the built environment and urban technical networks and the […]

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Member of the Week: Margaret O’Mara

Margaret O’Mara Professor of History University of Washington Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest? I’m currently working on a book about the history of the American high-tech industry—from semiconductors to social media—and its relationship to the worlds of politics and finance. My interest and intent here is, to adapt a phrase, […]

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