PhD in Technology program

Dr. Denise Pilato

Dr. Denise Pilato

Denise Pilato, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Technology Studies

Eastern Michigan University
122 Sill Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Tel.: 734-487-1161

Areas of Experise:

  • History of American Technology
  • Technology and Culture
  • Social Impact of Technology

Short Bio:

Denise Pilato has been at EMU in the College of Technology since the fall of 2000 where she has taught in the School of Technology Studies.   She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Technology Studies program and teaches courses relating to the history and social impact of technology.  Her scholarly research agenda includes the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century American women inventors. She regularly presents new findings based on primary original research on women inventors at national and international professional conferences. Her interests also include the study of patterns of change and continuity related to technology and culture in a global context. 

She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2008, which included teaching at the University of Catania in Sicily.  Her interests in international activities and exchange continue through her leadership in an EMU study abroad course, delivered in Southern Italy, where graduate students are immersed in the study of values and ancient technology. 


Most Important/Recent Publications: (More available upon request)

     “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.

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