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Rebecca Slayton

Associate Professor

Rebecca Slayton

Morrill Hall, Room 320
rs849@cornell.edu

Educational Background

Ph.D., Chemical and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
M.A., Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
B.S., Chemistry, Westmont College

Overview

Slayton’s research and teaching examine the relationships between and among risk, governance, and expertise, with a focus on international security and cooperation since World War II. Her first book, Arguments that Count: Physics, Computing, and Missile Defense, 1949-2012 (MIT Press, 2013), shows how the rise of a new field of expertise in computing reshaped public policies and perceptions about the risks of missile defense in the United States. In 2015, Arguments that Count won the Computer History Museum Prize.

Slayton’s second book project, Shadowing Cybersecurity, examines the emergence of cybersecurity expertise through the interplay of innovation and repair. Slayton is also working on a third project which examines tensions intrinsic to the creation of a “smart” electrical power grid—i.e. a more sustainable, reliable, and secure grid. Both of these current projects are supported by a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER award, “Enacting Cybersecurity Expertise.” In 2019, Slayton was also a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, for her NSF CAREER project.

Keywords

history of technology; computing; international security; governance; risk; cybersecurity

Departments/Programs

  • Science and Technology Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Information Science

Affiliations

  • Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

Courses

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Publications

Selected Articles and Chapters

Public Outreach Articles and Briefs

News

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