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Ruth has served on a consultant basis for a variety of academic, policy, and public history institutions. Please contact her at to start a conversation about how your organization might benefit from her expertise and experience.

Community Advisory Panels

Working with staff of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore/LIJ Health System in Nassau County, New York, Ruth has successfully created and chaired its first Community Advisory Board for Genetic Studies—and is available to consult with others trying to do the same.

Subject Expertise for Documentary Films
Ruth has been a consultant for numerous documentary film productions and has occasionally appeared on camera:

• Frontier House (PBS/WNET)
• Discovering Women (in science) (WGBH/Nova/Sloan Foundation)
• Tupperware! (WGBH/American Experience/Blueberry Hill Productions)
• Household Wonders (Modern Marvels/History Channel; on camera)
• Power for the Parkinsons (Ephraim Smith)


Along with Daniel J. Kevles, Ruth created the electronic textbook for Making it New: Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Starbright Media).

She is the author of the well-received textbook, A Social History of American Technology (Oxford University Press) widely used in survey courses on technological and economic history. It is currently being revised for a new edition.


Because of her love for museums of all kinds, Ruth has enjoyed consulting on museum projects at, among others:

• Franklin Institute, Philadelphia,PA
• National Museum of American History/Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
• Cowell Hall of Califiornia History, Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
• Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland OR
• Winterthur Museum, Winterthur DE

Academic Administration

Ruth has also had a successful career as an academic administrator:

• Director of Women’s Studies, Stony Brook University (formerly SUNY-Stony Brook), 5 years
• Director of the Honors College, Stony Brook University (formerly SUNY-Stony Brook), 5 years
• Chair, History and Sociology of Science Department, University of Pennsylvania, 5 years

As a result, she is able to consult to academic institutions on much matters as:

• managing dysfunctional departments
• creating interdisciplinary courses and programs
• creating and managing programs for high achieving students
• creating programs to encourage the participation of women in science and engineering

Grant Administration

Ruth has received many grants in support of her own research and that of her graduate students (NSF, NIH/ELSI, NEH, Sloan Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright); she has also been a been a member of dozens of grant-awarding panels. As a result, she can consult about grant writing and grant management.