Presidential Lecture Series

Margaret O'Mara

Recognition Year: 
2016-17

Author, Pivotal Tuesdays

November 2, 2016

7 p.m. Lecture
Student Union Apollo Room

5:30 p.m. Public Reception
Student Union Endeavour Room

Co-sponsored with Common Text Committee

Margaret O’Mara is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington, where she writes and teaches about the economic and political history of the modern United States.

She is the author of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley (Princeton, 2005), which showed how politics and culture shaped the metropolitan geography of high technology, as well as other articles and essays about Silicon Valley and other high-tech regions around the world.

Her most recent book, Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century (Penn, 2015), explores the personalities, events, and issues of the presidential elections of 1912, 1932, 1968, and 1992. O’Mara’s current book project is Silicon Age: High Technology and the Reinvention of the United States (under contract with Penguin Press).

Her research has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Mellon Foundation, and the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities. She is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer and a past fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.

O’Mara earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Northwestern University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Clinton White House and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution.