Janet Abbate


Janet Abbate



7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22073


(703) 538-3768




  • History of computing and the Internet
  • Gender in science and technology
  • Labor issues in science and technology

Professional Activities

  • Co-Director, STS Graduate Program in the National Capital Region
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • History of Science Society
  • Society for Social Studies of Science


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Harvard University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Winner, 2014 Computer History Museum Prize, awarded by the Society for the History of Technology

    Selected Publications


    Abbate, Janet. Inventing The Internet. 1st ed. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1999. Print.

    Abbate, J. Recoding Gender. 1st ed. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press Ltd, 2012. Print.

    Edited Books

    Standards Policy for Information Infrastructure (with Brian Kahin), MIT Press, 1995.

    Additional Information

    Janet Abbate is Associate Professor of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech and serves as Co-director of the STS graduate program in Northern Virginia. Dr. Abbate’s work focuses on the history, culture, and policy issues of the Internet and computing. Her book Inventing the Internet (MIT Press, 1999) has become the standard reference on the history of the Internet. Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing (MIT Press, 2012) explores how gender has shaped computing and suggests how the experiences of female pioneers can inform current efforts to broaden participation in science and technology. She also co-edited (with Brian Kahin) Standards Policy for Information Infrastructure (MIT Press, 1995). Her current research investigates the historical emergence of computer science as an intellectual discipline, an academic institution, and a professional identity. Recent publications include “From Handmaiden to ‘Proper Intellectual Discipline’: Creating a Scientific Identity for Computer Science in 1960s America” and “Interpreters of Computing: Women in World War II and the Early Computer Industry.”