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Arwen Mohun

Henry Clay Reed Professor of History
Coordinator, Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture
University of Delaware
121 John Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716
 

Biography

Arwen P. Mohun specializes in the social and cultural historian of technology.   Her publications include Steam Laundries: Gender, Work, and Technology in the United States and Great Britain, 1880-1940 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999); His and Hers: Gender, Consumption and Technology (University of Virginia Press, 1998) co-edited with Roger Horowitz; and Gender and Technology: A Reader (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) co-edited with Nina Lerman and Ruth Oldenziel.

In her most recent book, Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), Professor Mohun explores the changing ways Americans have understood and managed everyday risk from the 18th century to the present.  Risk was awarded the 2014 Ralph Gomery Prize from the Business History Conference.

Publications

Books:

Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

Steam Laundries: Gender, Work, and Technology in the United States and Great Britain, 1880-1940 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)

Edited Volumes

His and Hers: Gender, Consumption and Technology (University of Virginia Press, 1998) co-edited with Roger Horowitz

Gender and Technology: A Reader (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) co-edited with Nina Lerman and Ruth Oldenziel

Articles and Book Chapters

"Amusement Parks for the World: The Export of American Technology and Know-How, 1900-1939,” Icon 19 (2014):100-12.

“Lightning Rods and the Commodification of Risk in Nineteenth-Century America” in Taming the Electric Fire, edited by Oliver Hochadel and Peter Heering (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2009).

“Labor and Technology” in A Companion to American Technology, Carroll Pursell, ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005), 212-230.

“On the Frontier of the Empire of Chance: Statistics, Accidents, and Risk in Industrializing America” Science in Context 8(September 2005): 337-357

“Designed for Thrills and Safety: Gender, Technology, and the Commodification of Risk in the Amusement Park Industry,” Journal of Design History 14 (Fall 2001): 291-306.

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