Libby O’Neil

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PhD Student
Research Areas: 
history of technology, history of science, STS, computing, history of psychology, psychoanalysis, voice technology, artificial intelligence, gender and sexuality, science fiction, media theory, history of human space exploration, mind-body problem(s)


Libby is a first-year doctoral student in the History of Science and Medicine (HSHM). Her research focuses on understanding how science and technology in the 19th/20th centuries influenced the modern self and the modern state. Libby graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Aerospace Engineering in 2014, and went on to work as a systems engineer for an aviation company. After returning to school in 2016, she earned her MA in Liberal Studies from Reed College in 2019. Her master’s thesis at Reed investigated the linkages between voice technology and embodiment, drawing on existing technological artifacts, science fiction, computing history, and media theory. Before arriving at Yale, she studied German in Berlin, and worked in patent law.