Associate Professor, Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
Edward Jones-Imhotep is an Associate Professor in the Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology.
An award-winning historian of science and technology, Jones-Imhotep’s research focuses on the historical intersections of science, technology and modern culture. He is particularly interested in the historical “behaviours” of technologies — including malfunctions, breakdowns and failures — and in the place of those behaviors in the culture, politics and economics of modern societies.
He received his PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University. From 2009–2013, he served as Associate Director of York University’s Institute for Science and Technology Studies. He is a co-founder of Toronto’s TechnoScience Salon, a forum for humanities-based discussions about science and technology; and from 2016–2017, he was the Northrop Frye Fellow at the University of Toronto.
In 2017, he received the Abbott Payson Usher Prize from the Society for the History of Technology for his article, Malleability and Machines: Glenn Gould and the Technological Self.
His first book, The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War (MIT Press), won the 2018 Sidney Edelstein Prize for best scholarly work in the history of technology.
He has held visiting positions at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and currently holds an ongoing visiting professorship at the University of Paris. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology and a contributing editor for Technology’s Stories.