Academic CV

Link to PDF Version (updated Summer 2018)


Taking Nazi Technology: Allied Scientific Espionage and Exploitation of German Technology after the Second World War. Under contract with the Johns Hopkins University Press.

“Know-How in Postwar Business and Law,” Technology and Culture, vol. 58, no. 1 (2017), p.121-153. PDF

Douglas O’Reagan, Lee Fleming, “The FinFET Breakthrough and Networks of Innovation in the Semiconductor Industry, 1980-2005: Applying Digital Tools to the History of Technology,” Technology and Culture, Vol. 59, No. 2 (2018): 251-288. PDF 

“French Scientific Exploitation and Technology Transfer from Germany in the Diplomatic Context of the Early Cold War,” International History Review (2014). Online version:

Gabe Fierro, Benjamin Balsmeier, Guan-Cheng Li, Kevin Johnson, Aditya Kaulagi, Douglas O’Reagan, Bill Yeh, and Lee Fleming, “Automated Disambiguation of US Patent Grants and Applications,” Journal of Economic and Management Strategy. Accepted, pending publication. PDF


“Who Owns a Scientist’s Mind?” Physics Today, 2018. (Click for PDF)

Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations podcast, “Stealing Industry Secrets: Not as Easy as You Think.” Online at: Taped July 28, 2015.

“Learning to Code, Learning to Collaborate,” Digital Humanities @ Berkeley blog, 8 July 2015. Online at

Creator, HistoriCal Outreach podcast (

  • In this podcast, I interviewed late-stage UC Berkeley History PhD candidates about their dissertations, with the aim of making cutting-edge historical research accessible and engaging for the broader public. In operation for just two years (2013-2015), the six finished episodes have since collectively been listened to about 2,000 times, or averaging over 300 listens each – substantially increasing the audience for most history dissertations.

Science, Spies and History blog (


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2016-2018)
Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, Department of History

• This postdoctoral position has a mandate to “work closely with faculty members of Humanities subjects (History, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, and Comparative Media Studies/Writing) to produce a comprehensive assessment of the needs, current capacity, and future uses of digital humanities at MIT.” This includes consulting with Boston-area Digital Humanities centers, as well as the broader DH community, in assessing the needs and opportunities specific to MIT.

Washington State University – Tri Cities (2015-2016)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Dept. of History
Lead Archivist, Hanford History Project
Director, Hanford Oral History Project

• This position was 50% teaching and 50% working on the Hanford History Project. The Hanford History Project was a newly-developing archive documenting the plutonium production site for the Manhattan Project. Among its holdings are the US Department of Energy’s substantial “Hanford Collection.” Among my duties were establishing guidelines for archival best practices, building an Omeka-based digital archive (, managing intern teams, and running the oral history program. Teaching at WSU – Tri Cities also gave me opportunities to develop my teaching in areas outside of my core comfort zones, including one online course and one team-taught, interdisciplinary course.

University of California, Berkeley (2014-2015)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, College of Engineering

• In this collaborative project within the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, I studied the sources of breakthrough innovations by combining historical methods, digital tools, and analysis of patent data. In one project, I programmed a tool that generates social network diagrams of patent co-inventor relationships over time, working as part of a team ( The Principal Investigator on this project was Lee Fleming.

Affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society (CSTMS), Digital Humanities Working Group, and Berkeley Innovation Seminar.


University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D, History 2008-2014
M.A., History 2007-2008

University of Virginia
B.A., History; B.S., Physics 2003-2007
History Thesis: “The Evolution of Military Satellite Intelligence”
Physics Thesis: “Active Magnetic Field Cancellation for Bose-Einstein Condensate Experimentation”


  • Summer Scholar, Technology Policy Research Initiative – Boston University School of Law
  • Seidel Fellowship in the History of Intellectual Property and Patents – Chemical Heritage Foundation
  • Ambrose Monell Foundation Fellowship in Technology and Democracy – National Fellows Program, Miller Center for Public Affairs at Univ. of Virginia
  • PACHS Dissertation Research Fellowship – Pennsylvania Area Center for the History of Science (PACHS)
  • Daimler Dissertation Fellowship – Institute for European Studies (IES), UC Berkeley
  • Edward Teller Fellowship in Science and National Security Studies – United States Department of Energy
  • IES Predissertation Fellowship – Center for German and European Studies, Institute for European Studies (IES)
  • Graduate Student Fellowship – Department of History, UC Berkeley


HIST 103 upper-division reading seminar Science and National Security in the Cold War
HIST 105 freshman seminar Hanford: Roots of Contemporary Issues
DTC 375 lower-division writing seminar Language, Texts, and Technology
HIST 150 lower-division lecture Peoples of the United States

Graduate Student Instructor: From 2007 to 2014, I led discussion sections, graded, and occasionally guest lectured for courses including History of Science in the US, The Origins of Modern Science, Science and Society, and United State History to 1865.

Research Mentor: From 2012 to 2013, I mentored an undergraduate student on a semi-independent research project as part of the Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) pilot program. This involved weekly one-on-one meetings, and resulted in a presentation and short paper.

Additional Prepared Syllabi: History of Science since Newton (undergraduate lecture); Digital History (Graduate seminar); History of Espionage (undergraduate lecture)


Commentator, “Urban History on the Digital Frontier”
Massachusetts Historical Society

Steering Committee, Hanford History Project
Washington State University – Tri Cities

Director, Hanford Oral History Project
Washington State University – Tri Cities

Steering Committee, Roots of Contemporary Issues program
Washington State University

HistoriCal Outreach podcast (Creator/producer) – 2013-Present
This podcast ( interviews late-stage UC Berkeley History PhD candidates about their dissertations, with the aim of making cutting-edge historical research accessible and engaging for the broader public. The History Grad. Assoc. (HGA) is taking over this podcast in Fall 2015 as a permanent feature of the graduate program.

History of Science Working Group (Organizer) – 2014-2015
Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Innovation Seminar (Organizer) – 2014-2015
Haas School of Business / Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

“How I Write” Workshop (Panelist) – Spring 2015
Berkeley Connect academic mentoring program

Academic Grant-Writing Workshop (Panelist) – Spring 2015
History Graduate Association (HGA), UC Berkeley Dept. of History

“Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex” Forum (Commentator) – Spring 2014
Miller Center for Public Policy, University of Virginia


“Historical Trends in Know-How and Trade-Secret Licensing,” Boston University School of Law, July 2017.

“Challenges for New Archives: The Hanford History Project.” Session organizer: Science Archives and Science Historians in the 21st Century (Roundtable). History of Science Society (HSS), November 2016.

“Commemoration and Clean-up: Public History and Local Memory around Hanford.” Session organizer: Nuclear Memory (Roundtable). History of Science Society (HSS), November 2016.

“Visualizing Historical Patent Co-Inventor Networks”
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting (Upcoming, Fall 2015)
Panel: Digital Histories of Technology

“‘Know-how’ in the History of IP Law”
International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) Conference (Summer 2015)

“Technical Know-how in Postwar Business and Law”
Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Boalt School of Law (Summer 2015)

“International Business, IP Law, and the Postwar Communication of Technical Know-How”
UCLA History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium (Spring 2015)

“Know-how and International Transmission of Industrial Science in the Cold War”
History of Science Society (HSS) Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL (Fall 2014)
Panel: Transnational Technology Networks and Knowledge-diffusion during the Cold War

“World War II and Legal History of ‘Know-How'”
Brownbag Series Talk, Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia (Spring 2014)

“British and French Exploitation of German Technology following the Second World War”
History of Science Society (HSS) Annual Meeting – Boston, MA (Fall 2013)
Panel: Science and Diplomacy in the Cold War [Panel organizer]


Research Assistant for Professor Cathryn Carson (Summer 2007)
Worked on the NSF-funded “Nuclear Berkeley, Nuclear World” project. Researched the history of nuclear reactors on California campuses, including local protests and reactions, and worked on designing a website to present findings for education and outreach

Digital History Researcher, Virginia Center for Digital History (Summer 2004, 2006)
Located, transcribed, coded, and summarized personal papers and diaries for the Valley of the Shadow project (; worked on
geo-spacial mapping for the Emancipation Project (

American Historical Association
American Society for Legal History
Business History Conference
History of Science Society
Society for the History of Technology
Society for the History of American Foreign Relations

French – Read at a high level, speak and write at an intermediate level
German – Read at a high level, speak and write at an intermediate level
Spanish – Read at a high level, speak and write at an intermediate level
Russian – Read, write, and speak at a basic competence

C/C++, PHP, MySQL, XML, HTML, Javascript; some Python experience
UNIX and LINUX systems; all Windows variants; all OSX variants
All major productivity software – full MS Office suite, OpenOffice, Google Docs, Adobe products, etc.
Some experience with R, Tableau, Mathematica
Training in Drupal; experience with Dreamweaver, FrontPage, WordPress, other web content management