Alumni (National Fellow)

Margaret O'Mara

National Fellow
B.A. Northwestern University (1992)
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (2002)
Dream Mentor:
Bruce Schulman
Boston University
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Political Economy
Science and Technology
Urban History


Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. She writes and teaches about the growth of the high-tech economy, the history of U.S. politics, and the connections between the two. O’Mara is the author of Cities of Knowledge (Princeton, 2005), Pivotal Tuesdays (Penn Press, 2015), and The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019). She is a coauthor, with David Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen, of forthcoming editions of a widely used United States history college textbook, The American Pageant (Cengage). She received her MA/PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Northwestern University and was a 2001-2002 Miller Center Fellow. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Clinton White House and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution. She lives outside Seattle with her husband Jeff and their two daughters.

Thesis Description:

Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Politics and the Roots of the Information Age Metropolis, 1945-75

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