Salem Elzway is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Michigan where he researches the history and political economy of automation, labor, and race. Salem is the 2021-22 Louis Galambos National Fellow in Business and Politics. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Arms of the State: A History of the Industrial Robot in Postwar America,” examines how Cold War political and socioeconomic dynamics shaped the development of artificial intelligence and robotics in the United States, and the contours and consequences of their manufacturing applications at home and abroad. Salem received a B.S.B.A in Finance at the University of Nebraska and, before graduate school, spent five years in banking and insurance.
Arms of the State: A History of the Industrial Robot in Postwar America