Andrew Meade McGee
Visiting Assistant Professor, History
Andrew Meade McGee is a historian of the politics, culture, and technology of the twentieth century United States. His book-in-progress, Mainfraiming America, is a political history of the computer from the 1940s to the 1980s, examining the institutional, intellectual, and governmental policy origins of modern American information society.
Raised in small-town Alabama, he studied history and literature at Harvard (where he was awarded the Reuben E. Brower Prize for Excellence in the Humanities). He then worked in distance education in his home state before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Virginia. There he held a President's Fellowship, edited the journal Essays in History, and was affiliated with the Miller Center of Public Affairs, the Russell Lab environmental history group, and the NEH-funded MapScholar research project.
He has held national fellowships in technology history (the Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Technology from the Charles Babbage Institute) and political history (the Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Harry S. Truman Library). His research has received additional support from the Bankard Fund for Political Economy, the UVA Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, the Platzman Memorial Fund at the University of Chicago, the Philadelphia Area Center for the Center of Science, the Computer History Museum, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Hagley Library, and the LBJ Presidential Library.
Recipient of a History Department teaching prize from the University of Virginia, he also spent a year as visiting faculty at Washington and Lee University. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he worked as a professional researcher at the Darden School of Business at UVA, overseeing historically-focused big data research into U.S. financial crises and the American presidency. In 2018 he held the Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies at the Library of Congress. From 2018 to 2020 he served as Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellow in the History of Science and Computing at CMU.
He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for the History of Technology, the Business History Conference, and the American Society for Environmental History. His broader interests include history of capitalism, policy history, urban history, digital humanities, and global environmental history.
EducationPh.D.: University of Virginia, 2017
“Computerizing America: Presidents, Business, and Politics in a Digital Age.” in
Roger Biles and Mark Rose, eds., The American President and Capitalism Since
1945 (University of Florida Press, forthcoming 2017).
“Stating the Field: Institutions and Outcomes in Computer History,” IEEE Annals of
the History of Computing, vol. 34, no. 1, January-March 2012.
Department Member Since: 2016