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Amy Bix


633 Ross Hall
Dept. of History
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 294-0122

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Research and Teaching Interests
American Women’s History
History of American Technology, Science and Medicine
History of Women in Science, Technology, and Medicine
History of Science Policy
20th Century American History

Selected Publications

Girls Coming to Tech!’: A History of American Engineering Education for Women; (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014).

The Future is Now: Science and Technology Policy in America Since 1950; Alan I Marcus and Amy Sue Bix, (Amherst, NY: Humanity Books/Prometheus Press, 2007).

Inventing Ourselves Out of Jobs?: America’s Debate over Technological Unemployment, 1929-1981, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).  Selected as one of the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Titles, 2000.”

“Steve Jobs versus the Victorians: Steampunk, Design, and the History of Technology in Society,” Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology, Julie Taddeo, Ken Dvorak, and Cindy Miller, eds.; (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013): 235-253.

“Creating “Chicks Who Fix”: Women, Tool Knowledge, and Home Repair, 1920–2007,” Women’s Studies Quarterly, v. 37, n. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2009, pp. 38-60.

“Faculty: The People and the Disciplines,” A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa State University: Tradition and Transformation, Dorothy Schwieder and Gretchen Van Houten, eds. (Blackwell Publ., Oxford, 2007): 217-248.

“Bessie Coleman: Race and Gender Realities Behind Aviation Dreams,” Realizing the Dream of Flight, Virginia P. Dawson and Mark D. Bowles, eds. (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2005): 1-27.

“Biology and ‘Created Nature’: Gender and the Body in Popular Islamic Literature from Modern Turkey and the West,” by Taner Edis and Amy Bix, Arab Studies Journal, v. XII no. 2/v. XIII no. 1 (fall 2004/spring 2005): 140-158.

“Engendering Alternatives: : Women’s Health-Care Choices and Feminist Medical Rebellions,” The Politics of Healing: Histories of Alternative Medicine in Twentieth-Century North America, Robert D. Johnston, ed. Routledge, 2003: 153-180.

“Equipped For Life: Gendered Technical Training and Consumerism In Home-Economics, 1920-1980”, Technology and Culture, v. 43, no. 4 (Oct. 2002): 728-754.

“Diseases Chasing Money and Power: Breast Cancer and AIDS Activism Challenging Authority,” Journal of Policy History, v. 9, no. 1 (1997): 5-32.

Research in Progress

“Engineer Barbie as Role Model?: American Childhood, Play, and Evolving Ideas about Gender and Technical Careers, 1913-2013”

Courses Taught
Survey of United States History II
Introduction to History of Technology and Engineering I
Introduction to History of Technology and Engineering II
American Popular Culture
History of Women in Science, Technology, and Medicine
History of Women in America
Science, Technology, Medicine, and Public Policy
History of American Technology
Seminar in General History of Technology II
Seminar in 19th Century Technology
Seminar in Early 20th Century Technology

Professional Activity
Society for the History of Technology:
SHOT Executive Council, 2013-2016; elected 2012
SHOT Finance Committee, 2012-2014
SHOT Executive Secretary, 2004-7; elected 2003

National Women’s Studies Association:
Senior Associate Editor, National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 2003-2007