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Margaret O'Mara Keynote Speaker

  • Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington
  • Expert on the History of Silicon Valley and the American Technology Industry
  • Author of acclaimed 'The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America'

Margaret O'Mara's Biography

Margaret O’Mara is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington.

Margaret is a leading historian of Silicon Valley and the author of two acclaimed books about the modern American technology industry: The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019) and Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search For The Next Silicon Valley (Princeton, 2005). She also is a historian of the American presidency and author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century (Penn Press, 2015). She is a coauthor, with David Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen, of the widely used United States history college textbook, The American Pageant (Cengage).

Margaret’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, WIRED, MIT Technology Review, Foreign Affairs and other outlets. She is an active public speaker, appears regularly in national and international broadcast media, and has contributed her expertise to development of Mattel’s American Girl dolls.

Margaret is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer and a past fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education. She is a series editor of the Politics and Society in Modern America series at Princeton University Press and serves on the editorial board of Modern American History.

She received her MA/PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Northwestern University. Prior to her academic career, she served in the Clinton Administration, working on economic and social policy in the White House and in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Margaret O'Mara's Speaking Topics

  • Silicon Valley and the AI Revolution

  • How to Build Another Silicon Valley

  • Rules to Lead By, from Silicon Valley to the White House

  • The Global Tech Industry—Past, Present, and Future

  • Women in Technology

  • Opportunity and Equality in a High-Tech World

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Videos of Margaret O'Mara

Billionaires of the American West: From the Big Four To Big Tech with Margaret O’Mara
Billionaires of the American West: From the Big Four To Big Tech with Margaret O’Mara
An inside look at Silicon Valley's rich history and the early days of the Internet - New Day Northwe | 2019
An inside look at Silicon Valley's rich history and the early days of the Internet - New Day Northwe | 2019
Chartwell Bites - Margaret O'Mara
Chartwell Bites - Margaret O'Mara
GeekWire Summit: Margaret O'Mara, Professor of History, University of Washington | 2017
GeekWire Summit: Margaret O'Mara, Professor of History, University of Washington | 2017
Media Space: Episode 3 - Margaret O'Mara, Professor of History, University of Washington | 2010
Media Space: Episode 3 - Margaret O'Mara, Professor of History, University of Washington | 2010
Global News | Margaret O'Mara on Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes
Global News | Margaret O'Mara on Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes

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Books by Margaret O'Mara

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America
Cities of Knowledge

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