Scholarly Publications and Professional Recognition


1999  Herbert Feis Award of the American Historical Association (Best Book by Independent Scholar).

2000/01 Biennial Book Award of the American Foundation for Gender and Genital Medicine and Science, World Congress of Sexology.



Tools of the Workbasket: Needlework since the Industrial Revolution, Texas Tech University Press, forthcoming 2014.

Hedonizing Technologies: Pathways to Pleasure in Hobbies and Leisure (working title), Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming October 2009.

Asbestos and Fire: Technological Tradeoffs and the Body at Risk, Rutgers University Press, 2005.

The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrators, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Published in Italian as Tecnologia dell’Orgasmo: Isteria, Vibratori e Soddisfazione Sessuale delle Donna (Venice: Marsilio, 2001)

Published in part in Spanish in Debate Feminista (Mexico City: 2001).

Film version: “Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm,” by Wabi Sabi Productions (Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori), premiered July 28, 2007 at Lincoln Center, New York City,

Published in Polish, Technologia orgazmu Histeria wibrator i zaspokojenie seksualne kobiet (Warsaw: Aletheia, 2011).

Published in Japanese, ヴァイブレーターの文化史―セクシュアリティ・(Tokyo: Ronso, 2011)

西洋医学・理学療法 [単行本]

Published in Spanish as La tecnología del orgasmo. La «histeria», los vibradores y la satisfacción sexual de las mujeres (Barcelona: Milrazones), 2010.

Published in French as Technologies de l'Orgasme: Le Vibromasseur, l'"Hystérie" et la Satisfaction Sexuelle des Femmes (Paris: Payot & Rivages 2009).

Published in Italian as Tecnologia dell’Orgasmo: Isteria, Vibratori e Soddisfazione Sessuale delle Donna (Venice: Marsilio, 2001)

Published in part in Spanish in Debate Feminista (Mexico City: 2001).

Documentary film version: “Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm,” by Wabi Sabi Productions (Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori), premiered July 28, 2007 at Lincoln Center, New York City,

Play: “In the Next Room,” by Sarah Ruhl, Pulitzer prize finalist.

  • Berkeley Repertory Theater, March 2009.
  • Lyceum Theater, New York City November-December 2009, nominated for three Tony Award.
  • Woolly Mammoth Theater, Washington DC August-September 2010.
  • SpeakEasy Stage, Boston MA, September-October 2010.
  • Wellfleet Actors’ Theater, Wellfleet MA, September-October 2010.
  • Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Canada, September 2011
  • Cleveland Play House, Ohio, September 2011
  • Victory Gardens, Chicago IL, September-October 2011.
  • Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas TX
  • Herberger Theatre's Stage West, Phoenix AZ, October-November 2010.
  • Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney, Australia, March-April 2011.
  • Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne, Australia, 2011, nominated for three Green Room Awards.
  • A Contemporary Theater (ACT), Seattle, WA, July-August 2011.
  • Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, MA, September-October 2011
  • Playmaker's Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC, September-October 2011.
  • Plan 9 in Larco Theatre in Lima, Peru, fall 2011.
  • Pasadena City College Theater Dept. in Pasadena CA December 2011.
  • University of Iowa Theater Department in Iowa City IA, February 2012.
  • Auckland Theatre Company, Auckland, New Zealand, March-April 2012.
  • Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand, June-July 2012

Rock musical: “Oh, My!” by Maggie Surovell,, 2009.

Fictional film: “Hysteria,” directed by Tanya Wexler, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, premiered 15 September 2011, Toronto.

Television serial episode: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit “Hysteria,” Season 1, Episode 4, aired Oct 11, 1999


The Asbestos Litigation Master Narrative: Building Codes, Engineering Standards, and ‘Retroactive Inculpation,’” Enterprise & Society, December 2012, 13 (4): 862-897.

“Sex Toys and Aids,” “Orgasm,” and “Vibrators,” Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, Mark LaFlaur, ed. (forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

“Engineering Standards as Collaborative Projects: Asbestos in the Table of Clearances,” Business and Economic History On-Line, v.9, September 2011.

“National Conference on Street and Highway Safety (1924,1926),” in The Twenties in America, Mark Rehn, ed. (Salem Press, 2012).

“By Any Other Name: Using Vibrator Images in the Classroom,” Transformations, no. 21 no.2, 2011: 79-84.

“Engineering as Law: Injury Epidemiology and Consensus Codes,” American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, June 2010.

The following articles in The Thirties in America, R. Kent Rasmussen, ed. (Salem Press, 2010)

  • Hawk’s Nest Tunnel (1930-31)
  • Morro Castle Disaster (1934)
  • Ohio Penitentiary Fire (1930)
  • Texas School Explosion (1937)

The following articles in The Forties in America, R. Kent Rasmussen, ed. (Salem Press, 2010)

  • Aleutian Island Occupation (1942)
  • Rhythm Night Club Fire (Natchez, 1940)

“Rocky Landscape with Cheese Factory: the Stone Mills Union of LaFargeville, New York, 1896-1925,” forthcoming in New York History 89, no. 3 (January 2009).

The following articles, forthcoming in Discovery and Invention: A Historical Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Society, edited by James Ciment (Armonk NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2009).

  • Cheese Manufacturing
  • Polio Vaccine
  • Sewing Machine

The following articles, forthcoming in Medical Encyclopedia of Islam and Iran, Iran Academy of Medical Sciences, Teheran, 2008-2010 (in Persian and English, The volumes will appear in the order of the Persian alphabet.

  • Medieval Islamic Perspectives on Sexual Diseases
  • Medieval Islamic Perspectives on the Sexual Organs
  • Series of biographical articles on medieval translators of Islamic medical and scientific works into Latin and Hebrew, including
    • Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), Paraphrasis in nonum librum Rhazae, 1537, Latin version of Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakarīyā Rāzī (Rhazes)
    • Constantine the African (1020-1087), translator of al-Majūsī al-Arrajānī , Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥaq (Johannitius) and Majd al-Dīn ibn al-Athīr Jazarī (al-Jazzari).
    • Gerard de Sabloneta (13th century), translator of Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sīnā (Avicenna).
    • Accursius of Pistoia (fl.1200 AD), translator of Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥaq
    • Jacob Bonacosa (13th century), translator of ibn Sīnā, Abū Merwān ’Abdal-Malik ibn Zuhr (Avenzoar) and Abū 'l-Walīd Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn Rushd (Averroes)
    • Simon of Genoa and Abraham Tortuensis (13th century), translators of Ab'u al-Q'asim Khalaf ibn 'Abb'as al-Zahrawi (Albucasis) and Pseudo-Serapion
    • Avendauth (Abrahim ibn Daud? 12th century), translator of ibn Sīnā
    • Gerard of Cremona (1114-1187), translator of Rāzī, Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥaq, al-Zarkali, Serapion, ibn Sīnā, 'Abb'as al-Zahrawi, and Abu-I-Mutarrif Abd al-Rahman ibn Wafid al-Lajmi (Abenguefit)
    • Mark of Toledo (1193-1216), translator of Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥaq
    • David the Jew (c1228-1245), translator of Rāzi
    • Arnaldus of Villanova (1235-1313), translator of ibn Sīnā
    • Giles of Santarem (1185-1265), translator of Rāzī and, Yūhannā Abū Zakarīyā’ Ibn Masawayhh (Mesue)
    • Rufin of Alexandria (13th century), translator of Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥaq
    • Dominicus Marrochinus (fl. 1271), translator of ‘Ali ibn ‘Isa (Jesu Haly)
    • John Jacobi (14th century), translator of Alcoati
    • Armengaud Blaise (12th century), translator of ibn Sīnā, ibn Rushd, Hunayn ibn Ishaq, and Maimonides
    • Berengarius of Valentia (12th century), translator of 'Abb'as al-Zahrawi
    • Farragut (Faradj ben Salam, fl. 1279)), translator of Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥaq, Ibn Masawayhh, Rāzī, and Ibn Zezla (Byngezla)
    • Andreas Alphagus Bellnensis (13th century), translator of ibn Sīnā, ibn Rushd, Serapion, Ibn al-Qifti, and Albe’thar.
    • Jewish community of translators at Montpellier, Profatius and Bernardus Honofredi (13th century), translators of Abū Merwān ’Abdal-Malik ibn Zuhr (Avenzoar)
  • “Freud and the Steam-Powered Vibrator,” in Longing: Psychoanalytic Musings on Desire, Jean Petrucelli, editor. London: Karnac Books, 2006.
  • “Situated Technology: Camouflage,” in Gender and Technology: A Reader, ed. Lerman, Oldenziel and Mohun. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2003.
  • “Male Contraception,” and “The Pill,” articles for Science, Technology and Society: an Encyclopedia, Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • “Socially Camouflaged Technologies: the Case of the Electromechanical Vibrator,” in Sexual Lives: a Reader on the Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities, Robert Heasley and Betsy Crane, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • “Dreiser’s American Tragedy,” in Cyclopedia of Literary Places, Salem Press, 2002.
  • “Socially Camouflaged Technologies: the Case of the Electromechanical Vibrator [with historical documents],” in American Technology, edited by Carroll W. Pursell. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2001.
  • "Socially Camouflaged Technologies: The Case of the Electromechanical Vibrator," in Women, Science and Technology: a Reader in Feminist Science Studies, Mary Wyer et al., eds. New York and London: Routledge, 2001.
  • “Simon Baruch,” and “Edward Ely Van der Warker,” biographical articles in American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • "On Two-Handed Spinning," (with Walter Endrei), European Women and Preindustrial Craft, Daryl Hafter, ed. Indiana University Press, 1995.
  • "Twenty-Nine Thirty-Seconds or Fight: Goal Conflict and Reinforcement in U.S. Cotton Policy, 1933-1946," in The Sinews of War: Essays on the Economic History of World War II, Geofrey Mills and Hugh Rockoff, eds. Iowa State University Press, 1993.
  • "Numinous Objects" (with James J. Glynn), Public Historian Winter 1992-93.
  • "The Tools of the Workbasket: Needlework Technology in the Industrial Era," in Bits and Pieces: Textile Traditions, Jeannette Lasansky, ed. Lewisburg PA: Oral Traditions Project, 1991.
  • “Ebenezer Butterick,” in Handbook of American Business History, edited by D. O. Whitten and B. E. Whitten. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.
  • "Socially Camouflaged Technologies: The Case of the Electromechanical Vibrator," IEEE Technology and Society, v.8 no.2, June 1989.
    See also Bookman, T. "Rachel Maines, revisited." IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 19, no. 1 (2000): 46-48, and IEEE Spectrum October 1989.
  • "Paradigms of Scarcity and Abundance: The Quilt as an Artifact of the Industrial Revolution," in In the Heart of Pennsylvania: Symposium Papers, J. Lasansky, ed. Lewisburg, PA: Oral Traditions Project for Bucknell University, 1986.
  • "Vibratory Massage in Electro-Therapeutics," Electric Quarterly (Bakken Library of Electricity in Life), Winter 1986, pp.3-4, reprinted as exhibition brochure January 1989.
  • "The Evolution of the Potholder from Technology to Popular Art," Journal of Popular Culture, Summer 1985, vol.19 no.1.
    Interview about this article in Trucco, Terry. "Pot holders," Martha Stewart Living 69 (1999): 176-81.
  • "Wartime Allocation of Textile and Apparel Resources," The Public Historian, February 1985, pp.28-51, reprinted in Business and Government in America since 1870, ed. Robert F. Himmelberg. Garland Publishing, 1994.
  • "Unlikely Capitalists: The Harmonists as Textile Manufacturers" (with Daniel B. Reibel), Pennsylvania Heritage, March 1984, pp.18-25.
  • "Clothing production in America from colonial times to 1915," In Encyclopedia USA: the encyclopedia of the United States of America past & present, edited by R. Alton Lee, Archie P. McDonald and Donald W. Whisenhunt, v. 13. Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 1983.
  • "Harmonist Textiles," Oekonomie, vol.1 no.1, Spring 1982.
  • "Textiles as History," in American Quilts: A Handmade Legacy, exhibition catalog edited by L. Thomas Frye. Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum, 1981.
  • "Reassessing the Heritage Art of Needlework," Women Artists News, December 1980/January 1981.
  • "Fancywork: The Archaeology of Lives," in Feminist Collage: Educating Women in the Visual Arts, edited by Judy Loeb. New York: Teacher's College Press, 1979. A longer version of "Fancywork" appeared in Feminist Art Journal, Winter 1974-1975.
  • Syllabus for textile history course at University of Pittsburgh appeared in Women's Studies and the Arts, edited by Elsa H. Fine, Lola Gellman and Judy Loeb. NP: Women's Caucus for Art, 1978.
  • "American Needlework in Transition, 1880 - 1930," University of Michigan Papers in Women's Studies, May 1978. A longer version of the article was serialized in the trade journal Sew Business, 1978 - 1979.