Diploma, Bielefeld University (Germany); MA, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: History of Technology, Social and Cultural History of Computing, Business History and Gender Studies
Dr. Schlombs’s research focuses on technology and capitalism in transatlantic relations. In her current book project, she investigates transatlantic transfers of productivity culture and technology in the two decades before and after World War II. Productivity, a statistical measure of output per worker, came to encapsulate the American economic system, and transatlantic debates about productivity called into question the notion of the capitalist West during the Cold War conflict.
Dr. Schlombs received her Diplom in Sociology from Bielefeld University in Germany, and her Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has published articles and book chapters on international computing and computing and gender. Most recently, her research has been supported through a National Science Foundation Scholars Award that enabled her to focus on her book project.
Dr. Schlombs teaches classes in the History of Information and Communication Technologies, International Business History and Modern German History. She has advised student projects in computing and gaming history, museum studies, and business history.
In the News
March 8, 2023
Ada Lovelace and computers, music, needlepoint and weaving
ABC Radio National in Australia interviews Corinna Schlombs, associate professor of history, about Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician.
February 20, 2023
How Embroidery, Piano, and French Lessons Made the First Computer Programmer
Essay by Corinna Schlombs, associate professor in the Department of History, published by Gizmodo.
December 8, 2022
Ada Lovelace’s skills with language, music and needlepoint contributed to her pioneering work in computing
Essay by Corinna Schlombs, associate professor of history, published by The Conversation.