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Ronald R. Kline

Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Professor in History and Ethics of Engineering Emeritus and Graduate School Professor

Ronald R. Kline

Morrill Hall, Room 323C
394 Rhodes Hall

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University



  • Science and Technology Studies
  • American Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • History
  • Peace Studies and Peace Science
  • Science and Technology Studies


Spring 2021

Fall 2021


  • Kline, Ronald.   “Mathematical Models of Technological and Social Complexity,” in Technology and Mathematics: Philosophical and Historical Investigations, edited by Sven Ove Hansson (Berlin: Springer International, 2018), pp. 285-304.

  • Lieberman, Jennifer L. and Ronald R. Kline, “Dream of an Unfettered Electrical Future: Nikola Tesla, the Electrical Utopian Novel, and an Alternative American Sociotechnical Imaginary,” Configurations, 25, no. 1 (Winter 2017): 1-27.

  • The Cybernetics Moment, Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. 

  • "Cybernetics, Automata Studies, and the Dartmouth Conference on Artificial Intelligence," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 33, no. 4 (Oct-Dec 2011), pp. 5-16. 

  • "Engineering Case Studies: Bridging Micro and Macro Ethics," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 29, no. 4 (Winter 2010): 16-19. 

  • "Where are the Cyborgs in Cybernetics?" Social Studies of Science, 33 (June 2009): 331-362.