Joy Rankin Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship, Receiving PhD in May

Joy Rankin will receive her PhD from Yale University in May 2015 and begin a tenure-track assistant professorship at Michigan State University, jointly appointed between Lyman Briggs College (in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science) and James Madison College (in Social Relations and Policy).

In addition to completing her dissertation, Personal Computing before Personal Computers, she has also been advising two documentary films on the history of computing.  They are The Birth of BASIC, directed by Bob Drake ( and The Queen of Code directed by Gillian Jacobs (

She has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (in Cambridge, MA) for 2015-16, and will the year at the Academy working on her book manuscript before assuming her responsibilities at Michigan State in August 2016.