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Suzanne Moon

OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, The University of Oklahoma wordmark
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Suzanne Moon

Associate Professor

  • B.S. Auburn University, Department of Computer Engineering, 1984
  • M.S. Duke University, Department of Electrical Engineering, 1986
  • M.A. Cornell University, Department of Science and Technology Studies, 1996
  • Ph.D. Cornell University Department of Science and Technology Studies, 2000

Suzanne Moon is a historian of technology whose research explores technology in modern Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. She is broadly interested  in the politics and culture of technological change in the global south, especially as it relates to agriculture and manufacturing. She has a special interest in the co-construction of technology with diverse ideals about social justice and human rights.  She received her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2000 and holds the title of Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Technology and Culture (2010-2020), the flagship journal in the history of technology. Suzanne Moon studies the culture, and politics of technology in Southeast Asian history, especially Indonesia. Her most recent project is a history of technology in Southeast Asia from antiquity to 1800, which will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Suzanne Moon
Department of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
The University of Oklahoma
601 Elm, Room 625
Norman, OK 73019

Office Tel: 1-405-325-2213


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Recent Publications

“Engineering and the Postcolonial: Considering Ethics and Actions in Historical Perspective”, for Philosophy of Engineering, East and West:  Philosophical and Historical Perspectives. Carl Mitcham and Byron Newberry (eds.) Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, Dordrecht: Springer, 2018.

“Building from the Outside In: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Civil Society in New Order Indonesia”, in Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-hyun Kim, Dreamscapes of Modernity (Chicago, 2015).

co-authored w/Donna Mehos, “The Uses of Portability: Circulating Experts in the Technopolitics of Cold War and Decolonization.” Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War Gabrielle Hecht (ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.

“Place, Voice, Interdisciplinarity: Understanding Technology in the Colony and the Post-colony,” History and Technology 26, no. 3 (September 2010).

“Justice, Geography, and Steel: Technology and National Identity in Indonesian Industrialization,” OSIRIS 2009.

Technology and Ethical Idealism: A History of Development in the Netherlands East Indies, Leiden: CNWS. (2007)