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Denise Pilato, Ph.D

Professor

Masters of Science in Technology Studies

School of Technology and Professional Services Management

126 Sill Hall

734.487.1167

denise.pilato@emich.edu

Education

Denise Pilato, Ph.D

Professional Summary

Interests and Expertise

Her scholarly research agenda includes the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century American women inventors.

  • History of American Technology
  • Technology, Culture, & Gender
  • Social Impact of Technology

Courses

  • INDT 150: Understanding Technology 
  • INDT 420: Women and Technology
  • INDT 500: Introduction to Technology
  • INDT 501: History of Technology
  • INDT 528: Technology, Gender, and Pop Culture
  • INDT 592: Special Topics
  • Study Abroad Program: Naples, Italy
  • Social Impact of First Century Roman Technology
  • Technology & Culture
  • Car Culture in America
  • INDT 601: Multidisciplinary Seminar in Technology
  • INDT 699: MLS Capstone Experience

Selected Publications

  • “Illumination or Illusion: Women Inventors at the 1893 World’s Columbian Fair."

Expected Fall, 2016: Journal of Illinois State Historical Society

 

  • “Representations of Technology and Industry in Midwestern Literature” Dictionary of

        Midwestern Literature, Vol. 2, 2014 

           

  • “The Journey In-Between: Clarissa Britain, Inventor, (1816-1895)” Inter-Disciplinary Press 2013

www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/.../pilatospaper.pdf

 

  • “Clarissa Britain: An Enigmatic Inventor”

        Michigan History, January/February 2012

                                   

  • Signal Success:  An Illuminating History of One Woman, One Invention” in Scientific

       Cultures, Technological Challenges: A Transatlantic Perspective

       Universitätsverlag Winter (UWH) Heidelberg, Germany [ISBN 078-3-8253-       5580-7]  2009.

 

  •  “The Use of Coston Flares by the U.S. Navy in Civil War Blockade Operations: “A

       Powerful Auxiliary of Incalculable Value” Minerva: Women & War. Vol 3  No   1,

               Spring 2009.

Selected Presentations

  • “Names, Numbers, & Naysayers: Women Inventors at the 1893 World’s Fair”

              National Popular Culture & American Culture Conference

              New Orleans, LA      April 1-4, 2015

 

  • “Women Inventors at the 1893 Columbia’s World Fair: Mortal Vision or Progressive Ideology?“

       National Popular Culture & American Culture Conference

       Chicago, IL     April 16-18, 2014

 

  • “The Journey In-Between: Clarissa Britain, Inventor, (1816-1895)”     

               4th Global Conference, Interdisciplinary.Net:

       Storytelling Global Reflections on Narrative

       Prague, Czech Republic      May 21 – 24, 2013

 

  • “Clarissa Britain: The Story of a Remarkable Inventor”

       Berrien County Genealogical Society

       Lincoln Public Library, Stevensville, MI      April 17, 2013

 

  • Illumination or Illusion:  Women Inventors at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition”

       National Popular Culture & American Culture Conference

      Washington, D.C.      March 27-30, 2013

  • ”Poster, Poster on the Wall… Generating Critical Thinking”

              International Society for Exploring Teaching & Learning

              San Diego, CA       Oct 13-15, 2011

 

  • The Fulbright Experience: Risks & Rewards”

         Midwest Regional Comparative and International Education Society

         Eastern Michigan University     Oct 29-30, 2010

 

  • “One Woman, One War”

            Fulbright Lecture Series: Media, Technology, & Society

            Amerika-Institut Ludwig-Maximillians-Universtat, Munich,                                                               Germany     May 6, 2008

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Grants

Awards and Patents

Fulbright Scholarship in 2008, which included teaching at the University of Catania in Sicily

Additional Information

     Denise Pilato has taught in the College of Technology at Eastern Michigan University since 2000.   She currently serves as a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Technology Studies program and teaches in the Technology Studies Master and Doctoral programs. She teaches courses related to the social impact of technology, including history, culture, and gender issues.  Her scholarly research agenda includes the study of 19th and early 20th century American women inventors.  She regularly presents new findings based on primary original research on women inventors at national and international professional conferences and publishes on the topic in academic and popular journals.  

     Her interests also include the study of patterns of change and continuity related to technology, culture, and values in a global context, as exemplified in the study abroad course that she offers in southern Italy and Sicily. In this course, graduate students are immersed in the exploration and analysis of ancient technology and contemporary values in Naples and Sicily.

     She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2008, which included teaching at the University of Catania in Sicily for five months and worked with Italian undergraduate and doctoral students.  Her interests continue in global and international education through her ongoing support of Fulbright students and faculty, as well as work on EMU’s global initiatives.