University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jennifer Alexander Publications

Selected Publications

The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).


“Rationalization comes to Rome: Fascism and the Third International Congress on the Scientific Management of Labor, Rome, 1927” in Evert Peeters, ed., Between Autonomy and Engagement: Performances of Scientific Expertise, 1860-1960 (London: Pickering & Chatto, Series History and Philosophy of Technoscience, 2015): 147-160.

“Radically religious: Ecumenical Roots of the Critique of Technological Society,” in Helena Jerónimo, José Luís Garcia, Carl Mitcham, eds., Jacques Ellul and the Technological Society in the Twenty-First Century (Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London: Springer Verlag, 2013): 191-203.

“Thinking again about science in technology,” Isis 103 (2012): 518-26.

“The power to give credit and blame,” History and Technology 28 (2012): 83-92.

“The Concept of Efficiency: An Historical Analysis,” in Anthony Meijers, ed., Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, v. 8: Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences (Elsevier, 2009): 1007-1030.

"Efficiencies of Balance: Technical Efficiency, Popular Efficiency, and Arbitrary Standards in the Late Progressive Era USA." Social Studies of Science 38 no. 3 (2008): 323-349.

"An Efficiency of Scarcity: Using Food to Increase the Productivity of Soviet Prisoners of War in the Mines of the Third Reich." History and Technology 22 no. 4 (2006): 391-406.

"Efficiency and Pathology: Mechanical Discipline and Efficient Worker Seating in Germany, 1929–1932." Technology and Culture 47 no. 2 (2006): 286-310.

“The line between potential and working machines: César Nicolas Leblanc and patent engravings, 1811-1835,” History and Technology 15 (1999): 175-212.

“Perfect Demobilization,” in Body Montage: Cultures of Corporeal Dis/Assembling, 1900-1933, Thomas Schlich and Cornelius Borck, eds., Fordham University Press, expected 2013.