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Sarah McLennan

McLennan, Sarah, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Phone: 804-524-5132
Location: Colson Hall, Room 101G

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., American History, College of William and Mary, 2015
M.A., American History, College of William and Mary
B.A., History and English, Michigan State University

Research and Teaching Interest

20th Century United States History: Cultural History, Public History, & History of Technology; World History 

Representative Scholarly Activity

  • Women in Computing: Building Careers, Innovating Technologies, Challenging Misogyny (Panel Commentator), Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Hofstra University, June 2017
  • Computing and the Color Line: Race, Gender, and Opportunity in Early Computing at NASA, Society for the History of Technology Conference, Albuqurque, NM, October 2015
  • “I was a Computer when the Computer Wore a Skirt”: Gender, Cold War Science, and Human Computing, Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Toronto, Canada, May 2014
  • The Duty of Every Tourist in San Francisco”: Urban Encounters in San Francisco’s “Chinatown Tours”, 19th Century Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2014
  • Speaking of the Past: Oral Histories of African Americans at William & Mary, Lemon Project Spring Symposium, Williamsburg, VA, April 2013
  • Review of Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures by Karen Bush Gibson for Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society, 2017
  • “A History of Women and Computing,” A Different Point of View, National Women’s History Museum Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2016
  • “’When the Computer Wore a Skirt’: Langley’s Human Computers, 1935-1970” for the NASA Langley Cultural Resources Database, 2011
  • “Jamestown 350th Anniversary, 1957” in Encyclopedia Virginia, Editor: Matthew Gibson, 2008

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Virginia State University Excellence in Online Teaching Award, 2017
  • Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize, Society for the History of Technology, 2015
  • Women in Technological History Conference Travel Grant, 2015
  • Provost Dissertation Completion Fellowship, College of William & Mary, 2014-2015
  • The Lemon Project Graduate Fellowship, College of William & Mary, 2012-2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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