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Marie Hicks

Marie Hicks

Expert on women in computing, history of technology, gender and sexuality in STEM

Assistant Professor, History (History of Science Unit) College of Letters and Science Work: 608-620-3922 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @histoftech


  • The history of women in computing--and why they were pushed out of the field as it professionalized
  • The destructive effects of gender discrimination on industries and national economies
  • The importance of incorporating the humanities into technical education and computing work
  • Early computer dating--and the discovery that a British woman was the first person to run a successful computer dating business, contrary to popular lore
  • The prehistory of algorithmic bias, going all the way back to the mainframe era


  • Author of Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017)
  • Has written for or been quoted in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times Higher Education Supplement, & more
  • Author of multiple articles on the history of technology and computing history
  • Frequent guest on popular podcasts, public radio, the BBC--scholarship has received international coverage
  • Associate Editor of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing