Andrew Russell

Dean and Professor of History, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Andrew L. Russell is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica and Albany, New York. He is the coauthor (with Lee Vinsel) of The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work that Matters Most (Currency, 2020); author of Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2014); co-editor of Ada’s Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age (ACM/Morgan & Claypool, 2015); and co-author (with James Pelkey) of Circuits, Packets & Protocols: Entrepreneurship and Computer Communications (ACM, forthcoming 2021).  His publications include articles on Internet history, modular design, standardization in the United States and Europe, and the monopoly Bell System, as well as articles for popular venues such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Aeon, IEEE Spectrum, and Slate. A native of upstate New York, he earned degrees from Vassar College (BA History), the University of Colorado at Boulder (MA History), and the Johns Hopkins University (PhD History of Science and Technology).


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