William J. Perry Fellow in International Security, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

Paul N Edwards is William J. Perry Fellow in International Security and Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. He also remains Professor of Information and History at the University of Michigan. Edwards writes and teaches about knowledge and information infrastructures. He is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010) and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996), and co-editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press, 2001), as well as numerous articles.


  • –present
    Professor of Information and History, University of Michigan
  • 2017–present
    Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University


  • 1988 
    University of California, Santa Cruz, PhD, History of Consciousness


Guggenheim Fellow, Carnegie Scholar, Louis J. Battan Author's Award (American Meteorological Society), Computer History Museum Book Prize