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Thomas Haigh, PhD

Thomas Haigh, PhD

Associate Professor

611310 School of Information Studies
Office:NWQB 2579
Phone:(414) 229-6840
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Thomas Haigh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania: History and Sociology of Science

Dissertation: "Technology, Information and Power: Managerial Technicians in the American Corporation: 1917-2000" advisor - Walter Licht (History Department)

Specialization: The Social Study of Business Organizations (Mauro Guillen, Wharton) Technology in Industrial America (Pap Ndiaye - EHESS, Paris) Living and Working in Industiral America (Walter Licht)

Manchester University (UK): Department of Computer Science Systems Integration - dual degree program - Sept 1991 to Juy 1995 M.Eng., awarded with Distinction, B.Sc. 1st Class Honors (Top 5% of class)

Research Interests 

Thomas Haigh received his Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania after earning two degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester. Haigh has published on many aspects of the history of computing including the evolution of data base management systems, word processing, the software package concept, corporate computer departments, Internet software, computing in science fiction, the “software crisis” of the 1960s and the gendered division of work in data processing. He is chair of the Special Interest Group on Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS) of the Society for the History of Technology and Biographies Editor of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. He is working on several book projects at present, including an edited collection of the work of Michael S. Mahoney, a history of management of information processing in corporate American over the twentieth century, and a history of software in the 1960s and 70s. Learn more at

Courses Taught

110 Introduction to Information Science
240 Information Architecture I
340 Information Architecture II
410 Database Information Retrieval Systems

Sample Publications

Haigh, T. (2004). The history of computing: An introduction for the computer scientist. Using History to Teach Computer Science and Related Disciplines. ed. Atsushi Akera & William Aspray. Washington, D.C.: Computing Research Association. 5-26.

Bergin, T., Haigh, T. (2009) The commercialization of database management software 1969-85. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 31 (4).

Haigh, T. (2009). How data got its base: Generalized information storage software in the 1950s and 60s. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 31 (4).

Haigh, T. (2006) Remembering the office of the future: Word processing and office automation before the personal computer. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 28 (4): 6-31.