About Lee Vinsel

Lee Vinsel is an associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech. He studies human life with technology, with particular focus on the relationship between government, business, and technological change. His first book, Moving Violations: Automobiles, Experts, and Regulations in the United States, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in July 2019.

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danah boyd on Digital Technology and Everyday Life

June 17, 2024

danah boyd on Digital Technology and Everyday Life

danah boyd
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks with danah boyd, Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of the Data & Society Research Institute, an…

Jennifer Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

June 3, 2024

Jennifer Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

Jennifer Hart
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks to Jennifer Hart, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Tech, about her work on the history…

Disrupting Academic Bullying: A Discussion with Bryan Hanson

May 27, 2024

Disrupting Academic Bullying

Bryan Hanson
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks with Bryan Hanson, ombudsperson for Virginia Tech's Graduate School, about a program he developed called Disrup…

MC Forelle on Cars, Chipification, and Repair

May 6, 2024

MC Forelle on Cars, Chipification, and Repair

MC Forelle
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host, Lee Vinsel, talks with MC Forelle, Assistant Professor of Engineering & Society at the School of Engineering and Applied Scien…

Asif Siddiqi on Rockets, Prisons, Pop Songs, and So Much More

April 22, 2024

Asif Siddiqi on Rockets, Prisons, Pop Songs, and So Much More

Asif Siddiqi
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host, Lee Vinsel, talks with Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History at Fordham University, about the arc of his career and his wide-rangi…

Sean Vanatta on Credit Cards

April 8, 2024

Sean Vanatta on Credit Cards

Sean H. Vanatta
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host, Lee Vinsel, talks with historian and standup comedian, Sean Vanatta, lecturer in economic and social history at the University …

Guru Madhavan on Wicked Problems and Engineering a Better World

April 2, 2024

Wicked Problems and Engineering a Better World

Guru Madhavan
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host, Lee Vinsel, talks with Guru Madhavan, Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs at the National Academ…

John Warner on Teaching Writing in the Age of Generative AI

March 25, 2024

Teaching Writing in the Age of Generative AI

John Warner
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks with writer and editor John Warner, who taught writing at the college level for more than twenty years. Warner …

Xaq Frohlich on the History of Food Labeling

March 18, 2024

Xaq Frohlich on the History of Food Labeling

Xaq Frohlich
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks with Xaq Frohlich, Associate Professor of History at Auburn University, about his new book, From Label to Table…

Zachary Loeb on the History of the End of the World

March 11, 2024

Zachary Loeb on the History of the End of the World

Zachary Loeb
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Are you into the end of the world? Well, have we got the guest for you. In this episode, Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel interviews Zachary Loeb, ass…

Robert Charette on Researching the Material World

March 4, 2024

Robert Charette on Researching the Material World

Robert Charette
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

In this episode, Peoples & Thing host Lee Vinsel interviews engineer, businessman, consultant, author, contributing editor at IEEE Magazine, and forme…

The Taste of Water: A Conversation with Christy Spackman

February 27, 2024

The Taste of Water

Christy Spackman
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

After WAY too long a hiatus, Peoples & Things is back! GET EXCITED!! In this episode, host Lee Vinsel interviews Christy Spackman, Assistant Professor…

Oil Beach - How Toxic Infrastructure Threatens Life: A Conversation with Christina Dunbar-Hester

October 9, 2023

Oil Beach - How Toxic Infrastructure Threatens Life

Christina Dunbar-Hester
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Christina Dunbar-Hester, professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, talks about her recen…

Twenty Years After “The New Economy”: A Conversation with Doug Henwood

October 2, 2023

Twenty Years After “The New Economy”

Doug Henwood
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Economic journalist and broadcaster Doug Henwood revisits his 2003 book, After the New Economy (New Press), with Peoples & Things host, Lee Vinsel. “T…

Forty Years of Technology Studies: A Conversation with Steve Barley

September 18, 2023

Forty Years of Technology Studies

Steve Barley
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Stephen Barley, professor emeritus at both Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, talks about the long arc of his forty-…

Race and Electrical Infrastructure in the Jim Crow South

September 11, 2023

Race and Electrical Infrastructure in the Jim Crow South

Conor Harrison
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Conor Harrison, Associate Professor of Geography and the School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of South Carolina, talks about his …

The Ideology of Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Robert Eberhart

August 28, 2023

The Ideology of Entrepreneurship

Robert N. Eberhart
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Robert Eberhart, Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Director of International Business at the University of San Diego, talks about his work…

Outside the Box: The History and Future of Globalization

August 21, 2023

Outside the Box

Marc Levinson
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Economist, historian, and author Marc Levinson talks about his book, Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas (…

How Uber Disrupted Washington, D.C.: A Conversation with Katie Wells and Kafui Attoh

August 14, 2023

How Uber Disrupted Washington, D.C.

Katie Wells and Kafui Attoh
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Katie Wells, a Postdoctoral Fritz Fellow with Georgetown University's Tech and Society Initiative, and Kafui Attoh, Associate Professor of Urban Studi…

Driving While Black - African Americans and the Automobile: A Conversation with Gretchen Sorin

August 7, 2023

Driving While Black - African Americans and the Automobile

Gretchen Sorin
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Gretchen Sorin, Director and Distinguished Professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program at the State University of New York - Oneonta, talks about he…

Powering American Farms: A Conversation with Richard Hirsh

July 31, 2023

Powering American Farms

Richard F. Hirsh
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Richard Hirsh, Professor of History at Virginia Tech, talks about his book, Powering American Farms: The Overlooked Origins of Rural Electrification (…

US History in 15 Foods: A Conversation with Anna Zeide

July 24, 2023

US History in 15 Foods

Anna Zeide
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Anna Zeide, Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech, talks about her book, US History in 15 Foods (Bloomsbury, 2023), with Peoples & Things ho…

African American Women on the American Railroad: A Conversation with Miriam Thaggert

July 17, 2023

African American Women on the American Railroad

Miriam Thaggert
Hosted by Lee Vinsel
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Miriam Thaggert, Professor of English at the University of Buffalo, talks about her book, Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Rai…

Palo Alto: A Conversation with Malcolm Harris

July 10, 2023

Palo Alto

Malcolm Harris
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

This is the second Peoples & Things episode featuring a guest host. In this case, it is M. R. “Mols” Sauter, an assistant professor of information stu…