Jamie Pietruska

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Rutgers University


Jamie is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on technoscience and the production of knowledge in economic life. Her books, articles, and essays have explored a range of topics, including the regulation of fake weather forecasts, the long history of information economies, and imperial meteorological infrastructures. Current projects include a history of weather gambling and its relationship to finance capitalism, and a history of inquiry that explores the historical tension between data imaginaries and data practices. Jamie's work has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR, and on various podcasts. She received her Ph.D. from the Program in History, Anthropology, and STS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has held postdoctoral fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Jamie will join THE NEW INSTITUTE in the academic year 2024/25 as a fellow of the program 'Futures of Capitalism'.


Predictive Knowledge Infrastructures and Future-related Expertise Before the Cold War, The American Sociologist, 2024

Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America, University of Chicago Press, 2017.

The Information Economy, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, 2021

A Tornado is Coming! : Counterfeiting and Commercializing Weather Forecasts from the Gilded Age to the New Era, Journal of American History, 2018

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