Andrew L. Russell

Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Letters

Andrew L. Russell is an Assistant Professor in History in the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he teaches American history, the history of science and technology, and the politics of information and communication technologies.  He arrived at Stevens in 2008 after spending one year as a postdoctoral fellow in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.  He earned degrees from Vassar College (BA History, 1996), the University of Colorado at Boulder (MA History, 2003), and The Johns Hopkins University (PhD, History of Science and Technology, 2008).  Before starting graduate school, he worked in the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government from 1997 to 1999. 

Russell has published in a wide variety of journals and edited volumes on topics including the American system of voluntary standards, standardization in the Bell System, the Internet-OSI standards war, and digital cellular networks in the United States and Europe. His work has been supported by funding from the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, the IEEE History Center, the Association for Computing Machinery History Committee, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.  In 2006, his paper “Industrial Legislatures: The American System of Standardization” was published by International Electrotechnical Commission as a “commended paper” in its Centenary Challenge; later that year, the paper won first prize in the Standards Engineering Society’s World Standards Day Competition (co-sponsored by NIST and ANSI). He is an active member of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), the Business History Conference, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association.

He is nearing completion of his first book manuscript, titled An Open World: History, Ideology, and Network Standards, which is a study of American information networks from the vantage point of network architecture and standardization.

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Science and Technology
  • Internet History and Policy
  • American Business and Politics
  • Standardization

News Coverage

“What will the ‘male pill’ change?” - Salon.com

"Industrial Legislatures: The American System of Standardization" - International Electrotechnical Commision

"Rough Consensus and Running Code' and the Internet-OSI Standards War" - IEEE Annals of the History of Computing