I am the Harold Hohbach historian at the Silicon Valley Archives. You can find out more about me and my work at my personal website,

Honors & Awards

  • Best dissertation in the history of the human sciences, Forum for the History of Human Science (2022)
  • Trescott Award, best paper at the intersection of business history and the history of technology, Business History Conference (2022)
  • Leo Ribuffo Prize, best dissertation in US Intellectual History, Society for US Intellectual History (2021)
  • National Fellow, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, University of Virginia (2019)

Education & Certifications

  • PhD, Harvard University, American Studies (2020)
  • MA, Harvard University, History (2016)
  • BA, Carleton College, English (2005)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Selection Committee, Works in Progress Grants, Robert B. Silvers Foundation (2021 - Present)


    New York, NY

Work Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University (2023)


    Ithaca, NY

  • Deep Springs College, Visiting Professor (2023)


    Bishop, CA

  • Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University (2020 - 2023)

    Society of Fellows


    Ithaca, NY

All Publications

  • Serfs of Academe New York Review of Books Petersen, C. 2020; 67 (4)
  • On the Trail New York Review of Books Petersen, C. 2017
  • State of Suspended Animation Bookforum Petersen, C. 2016; Feb/March
  • Unsettled The Nation Petersen, C. 2010; 291 (14)
  • Google and Money! New York Review of Books Petersen, C. 2010; 57 (19)
  • In the World of Facebook New York Review of Books Petersen, C. 2010; 57 (3)