Phillip Thurtle

Phillip Thurtle is an assistant professor in the Comparative History of Ideas program and the History Department at the University of Washington. He received his PhD in history and the philosophy of science from Stanford University. He has co-edited with Robert Mitchell (English, Duke University) the volumes Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information (Routledge, 2003) and Semiotic Flesh: Information and the Human Body (University of Washington Press, 2002). He also co-edits with Robert Mitchell the book series entitled In Vivo: The Cultural Mediations of Biomedicine.

His research focuses on identity and biology in the American eugenics movement, the use of new media in popular science, the material culture of information processing, comics and the affective-phenomenlogical domains of media, and the role of information processing technologies in biomedical research. His latest book, entitled The Emergence of Genetic Rationality: Space, Time, and Information Processing in American Biology, 1870-1920 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007), documents the changes in experiences of space and time that allowed for the emergence of thinking in terms of genetics.