Jacob Ward (J.W.A.P.)
Dr. Ward is a historian of technology and politics, specifically information, communication, and associated technologies in modern Britain. His current project looks at the ways that post-war British telecommunications infrastructure mediated neoliberal and 'information age' ideologies.
He won the 2018 Duncan Tanner Essay Prize from Twentieth Century British History for an article from this project, 'Financing the Information Age: London TeleCity, The Legacy of IT-82, and the Selling of British Telecom'. You can read the article for free here.
He teaches in the FASoS BA Digital Society and BA European Studies, as well as the Maastricht Science Program.
Dr. Ward's broad expertise is in the history of modern science and technology, political history, modern British history, and science and technology studies.
He specifically focusses on: information and communication technology; neoliberalism and privatisation; infrastructure and technological systems; government bureaucracy, cryptography and surveillance; futurology and forecasting; the financial sector; environmental history.
Professional career history
From 2018-19, Dr. Ward worked at the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the History of Computing. He joined Oxford from the Science Museum, London, where he was a Researcher and Content Developer for the exhibition, 'Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cybersecurity'.
From 2017-18, he held the Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowship at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries. From 2016-17, he was a Fellow at the Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation, the National Museum of American History, supported by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) International Placement Scheme.
He completed his PhD in 2018 at University College London's Department of Science and Technology Studies, where he was funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award. He undertook this PhD in collaboration with the Science Museum, London's Research and Public History Department.
He holds an MSc in Science, Medicine, Technology, and Society from Imperial College London and a BSc in Medical Ethics and Law with Medical Sciences from King's College London.