Peter Norton


Associate Professor: Science, Technology, and Society


Peter Norton
Peter Norton is a historian of technology specializing in the adaptation of American cities to the automobile in the twentieth century. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press, 2008).


Contact

email: pdn2p (at) virginia.edu
phone: 434-243-8794
office: A222 Thornton Hall

Education

Ph.D. (History of Technology), University of Virginia, 2002
M.A. (American History), University of Delaware, 1989
B.A. (History), University of Delaware, 1985

Research Areas

science, technology and society; history of technology; history of mobility; cities, streets and people; automobiles and society

Awards and Distinctions

Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize, 2012
Abbott Payson Usher Prize, Society for the History of Technology, 2010
Thomas E. Hutchinson Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005

Recent Courses

STS 4600: The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility
STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice

Selected Publications

Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City. MIT Press, 2008.

“Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street.” Technology and Culture 48 (April 2007), 331-359.

“Of Love Affairs and Other Stories” (chapter). Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities. Edited by Stephen Zavestoski and Julian Agyeman. Routledge, 2014.

“Autonomous Vehicles: A Powerful Tool If You Can Get the Problem Right.” Robohub, June 25, 2014.

“Four Paradigms: Traffic Safety in the Twentieth-Century United States.” Technology and Culture (forthcoming, April 2015).