John M. Staudenmaier, S.J.

Editor: Technology and Culture
Office of Mission and Identity (2005- ): University of Detroit Mercy 
Professor of History: University of Detroit Mercy 

University of Detroit Mercy
Lansing Reilly Hall
Detroit, Michigan 48221-3038
Tel: (313) 993-3250
Fax: (313) 993-1266


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, December 1980, Department of American Civilization
Dissertation: "Design and Ambiance: Historians and Technology, 1959 - 1977", Advisor: Dr. Thomas P. Hughes.

M.A. (with distinction) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1974, Department of American Civilization

St. Louis University: School of Divinity, 1967-71
Four years study of Theology including ordination to the Roman Catholic Priesthood (May 1970). Also includes one semester (nine credits in "cross cultural communication") working at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

M.A. St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1964 Philosophy
Thesis: "Bergson's Latin Thesis: A Textual Study", Director: Dr. Leonard Eslick.

B.A.  St. Louis University, 1963, Magna Cum Laude  Major: Philosophy, Minors: Latin, Greek, English


U Detroit Mercy, Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity,  University of Detroit Mercy, (2005- )

Visiting Scholar, Santa Clara University, Center for Science, Technology and Society, (2004-05)

Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education, University of Detroit Mercy, (2001 {August} -2004 {June})

Professor, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, 1981 - (Tenure 1987, Professor 1992) Course array in American Technological Style

Gasson Chair, Boston College (1998-2000)

Editor, Technology and Culture International Quarterly of the Society for the History of Technology (1995- ).

Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, Cambridge, MA (1993).

Visiting faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology STS, Cambridge, MA (1983, 1984, 1988, 1990)

Bannon Scholar, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 1986 (Winter Term)

Oral Historian, Systems Development Foundation, San Francisco, CA, (oral histories of SDF board
members are stored in the SDF archives)

Lecturer, University of Pennsylavania, Philadelphia, PA, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (1975), Department of History and Sociology of Science (1977-78).

Faculty, Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD
1972-1973 (Chair: Theology Department; School Chaplain; Dormitorian: Responsibilities included living with approximately fourty five high school boys, being responsible for conduct, together with counseling, recreational planning, etc.)
1964-67 (Chair: English Department, Courses: English, Speech, Drama, Remedial Reading. Moderator: Year Book. Counselor-Dormitorian. Disciplinarian [1965].)

Lecturer, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Philosophy Department (1968-69); Theology Department: (1971-72)

Superior, Fusz Memorial House of Studies, St. Louis, MO, 1970-1972.
Duties included functioning as superior of a community of young Jesuit students enrolled as undergraduates at St. Louis University as well as counseling approximately twenty five clients.

Instructor, Counselor, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1968
Instructor: Title One Remedial Reading Program
Counselor: As assigned by Dr. Lloyd New, Superintendent. Counseling duties tended to pertain to students in crisis and included running an emergency dormitory for chronic drinkers.

Cross-Cultural Experience, Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation, Pine Ridge, SD (1964 - )
I owe much of my understanding of life, and especially of cross-cultural tensions and relationships to the Lakota people of Pine Ridge. Over the years the experience included the following: teaching and counseling Indian students, many friendships in the Indian community, being adopted by and living with the Weasel Bear family (summers: 1968-1969), directing teenage recreational program (summer: 1967), screening potential volunteer workers for Red Cloud Indian School. Currently I spend about one week each summer on Pine Ridge, renewing old friendships and doing some pastoral work.


2009 Inaugural Distinguished Speaker, University of Calgary Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy,
"Agriculture and Energy Use: Moral and Technological Challenges" January 2009

Boardman Lecture on Christian Ethics, The University of Pennsylvania, “Electric Lights Cast Long Shadows: Seeking the Greater Good in a World of Competing Clarities,” April 2005

Brotz Lecture: Marquette University School of Engineering, “Engineers as Moral Agents in a world of complex technological systems,” April 2005

Zeile Lecture: Valparaiso University "Engineers as Moral Agents in a world of complex technological systems," February 2005

Miller Lecture for Ethics and Science: MIT “When I say ‘we,’ Who is Talking: Ethical Implications of Pronoun Usage in Science and Technology Discourse,” May 2001


Society of Jesus (Jesuits): (1957-) (Currently active Roman Catholic Priest in Archdiocese of Detroit)

Society for the History of Technology: (1974 - ) Usher Prize Committee (1981 -1984); Editorial Committee (1980 -1987);
Executive Council (1983 -1986, 1991 - ); Dexter Prize Committee (1991 -1993);
Editor of Technology and Culture (1995 - )

Amnesty International (1984 - )

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (1986-)



MIT Press

John Hopkins University Press

Rutgers University Press

University of North Carolina Press

Technology and Culture

Journal of American History


Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

American Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

Henry and Clara Ford Estate

National Endowment for Humanities & National Science Foundation: grant proposals, museum grants

Scientists' Institute for Public Information: (1985-). Available for reference by subscribing media reporters.


"White Heat" [on camera & consultant] Uden Associates, London, The Discovery Channel (1993)

"Edison" [on camera & consultant]; The American Experience WGBH

"America, 1900" [on camera & consultant] David Grubin Productions for The American Experience, Century of Discovery. (1998)

"George Eastman" [on camera and consultant] Green Light Productions for The American Experience (May 2000)

"China Clipper" [consultant for 2 hour TV film about 1935 1st trans Pacific first flight]
Moreno/Lyons Productions, Arlington MA (January 2009 -)


Science, Technology & Society Advisory Board, Santa Clara University (1999 -)

Executive Advisory Board: Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, St. Louis University (2005 - 2009)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
, USDE, Golden CO Advisory Council (2001 - 2005)

Regis University, Denver, CO Trustee (1992-2000)

Michigan Biotechnology Institute (1988 - 96)

Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Midwest (1984 - 89)

Editorial Board: Seminar for Jesuit Studies (1984 - 88)


"President's Award for Faculty Excellence" University of Detroit, 1989

"Teachers' Teacher" (Detroit Monthly, December 1992)

"Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession" (with Robert Post) IEEE United States Activities Board Award (1994)

"Engineering Teacher of the Year" College of Engineering & Science, University of Detroit Mercy, (April 1995)


Auburn, Ball State, Bates College, Boston College,  Brescia College,  Brookings Institution,  La Cité des Sciences et de L'Industrie (Paris),  Case Western ReserveCreighton University, Diocese of Des Moines, Fairfield University,  Sigma Xi Chapter (General Motors Warren Tech Center), Gonzaga UniversityHarvard UniversityHenry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village,  London Science Museum,  Loyola University of ChicagoMarquette UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology,  National Security Study Group (Workshop on Social Implications of Technology),  Naval Research Laboratory:Sigma Xi Chapter,  Northwestern UniversityNotre Dame UniversityOxford University, Pace UniversityRegis University (Denver),  St. Louis UniversitySanta Clara University, São Bernardo do Campo, Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial, São Paulo, Brasil,  Skirball Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Society of Civil Engineers,  Stanford UniversityTechnical University of Eindhoven,  Technical University of Trondheim (Norway),  Templeton Lectures ( Xavier University, Wheeling Jesuit University), Diocese of Tulsa, University of Calgary: Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and EconomyUniversity of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of KentuckyUniversity of North CarolinaUniversity of Oslo (Norway),  University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Twente ,  U.S. Army Chemical Defense Command, Wheeling University.
Also:  workshops, keynote addresses etc. in less academic settings: currently 3-4 per year


Interests: hanging out with friends, gardening, music, reading (occasionally writing) poetry, literature, hiking, bicycling,
hollering at university home games (basketball) and while watching the Detroit Tigers and Green Bay Packers.



Technology's Storytellers: Reweaving the Human Fabric, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1985)
Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award (National Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities) 1986. Italian: I Cantastorie della Tecnologia, Carlo Buora e Gianluca Lapini, trs., (Milan, Italy: Editoriale Jaca Book 1988). Paperback edition: MIT Press, 1989.


Henry Ford and Diego Rivera - Private Lunch at Ford's Fairlane Estate. April or May 1932 in The New Literary History of
America (Harvard University Press, editor Werner Sollar, Fall 2009)

"SHOT at Fifty"
in SHOT Fiftieth-Anniversary Plenary Session, Technology and Culture Vol. 50, No 3 (July 2009):623-631.

“Elegant Design not enough:  Engineering for the tangled human condition”  Dayton Engineer (University of Dayton School of Engineering: Winter 2005-06) p. 9-15

“Electric Lights  Cast Long Shadows: Seeking the Greater Good in a World of Competing Clarities,”   Published in the Boardman Christian Ethics Lecture Series,  The University of Pennsylvania, April 2005.

"Rationality, Agency, Contingency: Recent Trends in the History of Technology"
in Reviews in American History, vol. 30 (2002):168-181 (Johns Hopkins University Press).

“Henry Ford,”
in Paul S. Boyer et. al. eds. Oxford Companion to United States History (Oxford University Press, 2001):275.

"Disciplined Imagination: the Life and Work of Tom and Agatha Hughes," preface for Technologies of Power: Essays in Honor of Thomas and Agatha Hughes (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001).

"Technological Literacy as a National Priority: Perspectives and Challenges," for The National Academy of Engineering, September 1999 [commissioned paper].

The Politics and Ethics of Engineering, ethics textbook -- limited edition published March 1999 as part of NSF Engineering Education Grant for the Greenfield Coalition (Detroit).

"Denying the Holy Dark: The Enlightenment Ideal and the European Mystical Tradition" in Progress: Fact or Illusion? Leo Marx and Bruce Mazlish eds. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 1996): 175-200.

"Technology" in Richard W. Fox and James Kloppenberg, eds. A Companion to American Thought (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell 1995):667-69.

Problematic Stimulation: Historians and Sociologists Constructing Technology Studies in Research in Philosophy and Technology Vol. 15 (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press Inc. 1995): 93-102.

"Henry Ford's Relationship to "Fordism": Ambiguity as a Modality of Technological Resistance," in Martin Bauer ed. Resistance to New Technology: Nuclear Power, Information Technology, and Biotechnology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995):147-164.

"Rationality vs Contingency in the History of Technology," in Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx, eds., Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Spring 1994):259-74.

"Clean Exhibits, Messy Exhibits: Henry Ford's Technological Aesthetic," in Brigitte Schroeder-Gudehus ed., History and Technology (Harwood Academic Publishers & Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 1993) Vol 10, pp. 55-65. French translation (Paris: Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 1992): 171-189.

"Science and Technology: Who Gets a Say?" in Martin Bakker and Peter Kroes eds., Technological Development and Science in the Industrial Age: New Perspectives on the Science-Technology Relationship (Boston: Kluwer 1992): 205-230

"Two Technocrats, Two Rouges: Henry Ford and Diego Rivera as Contrasting Artists," Polhem: Tidskrift För Teknikhistoria 10:1 (1992):2-28.

"Recent Trends in the History of Technology," The American Historical Review, 95 (June 1990): 715-25.

"The Perils of Progress Talk: Some Historical Considerations," in Science, Technology, and Social Progress, ed. S. Goldman, (Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 1989).

"U.S. Technological Style and the Atrophe of Civic Commitment," in Beyond Individualism: Toward a Retrieval of Moral Discourse in America, Don Gelpi, ed. (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1989).

"The Politics of Successful Technologies," in In Context: History and the History of Technology: Essays in Honor of Melvin Kranzberg, eds. Stephen Cutcliffe and Robert Post, (Lehigh University Press, 1988).

What SHOT Hath Wrought and What SHOT Hath Not: Reflections on Twenty Five Years of the Society for the History of Technology, Technology and Culture Vol. 25 No. 4 (October, 1984): 707-730.


Four-podcast Lecture Series: "The Method of Prayer in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius"
{  last accessed August 20, 2009}

“Sensual Prayer -- Electronic Context: Ignatian Prayer for Internet Users” The Way (July 2000): 209-221.

"Technology" --- Reading the Signs of the Times in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education No. 9 (Spring 1996):4-12.

"Relating to Technology as Moral Adults" Marquette University Center for Ethics Studies: Annual Jesuit Lecture in Human Values (November 1995).

"To Fall in Love with the World: Individualism and Self-Transcendence in American Life" in Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits, St. Louis (26/3) May, 1994

"Computerization" and "Technology" in Judith A. Dwyer, ed., The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, Michael Glazier, 1994):217-222 & 936-39.

"The Media: Technique and Culture," Concilium: Revue Internationale de Théologie Nijmegen. 250 (1993):12-20.

"Technology: Reading the Signs of the Times," in T. Howland Sanks and John A. Coleman, eds. Reading the Signs of the Times: Resources for Social and Cultural Analysis (New York: Paulist Press, 1993):190-200.

"The Influence of Communications Technologies on Modern American Culture: A Framework for Analysis," in University of Dayton Review V. 21, N. 1 (Spring 1991):77-96.

"Liturgy and Contemporary Technological Style," in The New Dictionary of Sacramental Worship, ed. Peter E. Fink, S.J. (New York: Michael Glazier, 1990).

"Adult Commitment at Century's End: Some Technological Influences," in The Crisis in Religious Vocations:An Inside View, ed. Laurie Felknor, (New York: Paulist Press, 1989):116-140.

Advent for Capitalists: Grief, Joy and Gender in Contemporary Society, (1987 Nash Lecture, Campion College, University of Regina, Regina)

Technology and Faith (10 audio cassettes) National Catholic Reporter: Credence Cassette Division, 1987

United States Technology and Adult Commitment, in Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits(St. Louis, MO: The American Assistancy Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality, January 1987).

Formation at Century's End: The Challenge for U.S. Religious, Leadership Conference of Women Religious Newsletter Vol. 12, 3 (November 1985):1-2.

Technology and Culture in the U.S.: 1950 to the Present--A Time of Upheaval, and Religious Formation in a Time of Cultural Turbulence, in Formation in the American Church: Proceedings, Religious Formation Conference, Washington, DC, 1982.


"Detroit" Encarta Online Encyclopedia 1998 (c. 5 pages)

"Henry Ford's Big Flaw", The American Heritage of Invention and Technology 10/2 (Fall 1994):34-44.

"The Frailties and Beauties of Technological Creativity," Interview given to Robert C. Post for The American Heritage of Invention and Technology, Vol 8, No. 4 (Spring 1993): 16-24. (Award: For Literary Contributions Furthering Engineering Professionalism: IEEE Activities Board, 1994)

"Technology and the Search for Community" Chicago Studies V. 31, N. 2 (August 1992): 186-88.

"The Spirituality of Advent," America, (December 2, 1989):403.

"Restoring the Lost Art: Storytelling, Electronic Media, and Fragmented Public Discourse," The Way, (October 1988).

"Technological Literacy: A Challenge for Educators," Momentum (September 1988).

"Thoughts on Middle Age and Jonah's Lament," Human Development Summer, 1986.

"Hidden Assumptions in Technology Talk: An Agenda for the Christian Imagination," New Catholic World, 1981

"Hope Amid Darkness," Catholic Rural Life Magazine, 1980.



In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist S.S. Schweber The Historian (forthcoming)

Fordism for Architects, review essay of Albert Kahn: Architect of Ford Federico Bucci (Princeton Architectural Press 1993) in Design Book Review Issue 35/36 Winter/Spring 1995, pp 36-37.

Bryan, Ford R., Henry's Lieutenants (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press 1993) Michigan Historical Review (Summer 1994):122-23.

Kline, Ronald R. Steinmetz: Engineer and Socialist (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,1992), American Historical Review (December

"Made in America" (permanent exhibit, Henry Ford Museum) Journal of American History 80,3 (December 1993):1014-1019.

Cooper, Carolyn C., Shaping Invention: Thomas Blanchard's Machinery and Patent Management in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991) The American Historical Review (in press)

Lucic, Karen Charles Sheeler and the Cult of the Machine (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 1991) Technology and Culture 33,4 (October 1992):799-800.

LaFollette, Marcel C., Making Science Our Own: Public Images of Science 1910-1955 (Chicago: U Chicago Press, 1990) American Historical Review 97, 1 (February 1992):158-59.

Leiss, William. Under Technology's Thumb, (Montreal/Kingston/London: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1990) Isis 83:4 (1992):641-42.

Vincent, Walter G., What Engineers Know and How They Know It: Analytical Studies from Aeronautical History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1990) Technology Review (July 1991):66-67.

Hill, Stephen, The Tragedy of Technology: Human Liberation versus Domination in the late Twentieth Century (Isis Vol. 82, No. 1 [1991]:170-71)

"Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860," (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution) Journal of American History, 77 (June 1990):217-21.

Davis, Donald Finlay, Conspicuous Production: Automobiles and Elites in Detroit, 1899-1933 Technology and Culture 31, 2 (April 1990): 316-317.

Shoshonah Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power Technology and Culture 31, 1 (January 1990): 192-94.

"Advertising History" (Review Essay of 8 recent books in advertising history and theory, co-authored with Pamela Walker Laird) Technology and Culture 30,4 (October 1989):1031-1036.

Flink, James J., The Automobile Age (Michigan Historical Review, 15:2 (Fall 1989): 90.

Constance G. Anthony, Mechanization and Maize: Agriculture and the Politics of Technology Transfer in East Africa (Isis, 80:2:302 (1989):350-51)

Samuel C. Florman, The Civilized Engineer (Isis, 79:4:299 (1988):717-18)

"The Automobile in American Life," (Henry Ford Museum Exhibit) The Public Historian, 10,3 (Summer 1988):89-92.

"The Giant Wakens: Revising Henry Ford's History Book," Technology and Culture, 29, 1 (January 1988):118-124.

Cecelia Tichi, Shifting Gears: Technology, Literature, Culture in Modernist America [Science, Technology & Society, LeHigh University, N. 61, (September 1987)10-11]

Roland Marchand, Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940 [Society for Commercial Architecture Newsletter 1987]

Merritt Roe Smith, ed Military Enterprise and Technological Change: Perspectives on the American Experience, [Isis, 1986]

Howard Segal, Technological Utopianism in American Culture, [Ohio History 1985].

Joan Rothschild, ed. Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology [Technology and Culture 1985]

Evelyn Fox Keller, A Feeling for the Organism [Technology and Culture, 1985]

Robert Theobald, Beyond Despair: A Policy Guide to the Communications Era, [Technology and Culture, 1983]

Robert Linhart, The Assembly Line, [Technology and Culture, 1983]Stephen Meyer, III, The Five Dollar Day: Labor, Management, and Social Control in the Ford Motor Company, 1909-1921, [Detroit in Perspective: A Journal of Regional History, 1982]

Stephen Meyer, III, The Five Dollar Day: Labor, Management, and Social Control in the Ford Motor Company, 1909-1921, [Detroit in Perspective: A
Journal of Regional History, 1982]

Wyn Wachhorst, Thomas Alva Edison: An American Myth, [Science, 1982]

Robert Conot, A Streak of Luck: The Life and Legend of Thomas Alva Edison, [Ohio History, 1980]

Robert Nelson, Science and Our Troubled Conscience, [Catholic Rural Life Magazine, 1980]

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and John Jerome, Truck: On Rebuilding a Worn-out Pickup, and Other Post-technological Adventures [Technology and Culture, 1978]

Christine Roysdon and Linda A. Khatri, eds., American Engineers of the Nineteenth Century: A Biographical Index, [Isis, 1979]

F. R. Jevons, Knowledge and Power: Lectures by F. R. Jevons [Technology and Culture, 1977]