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Joy Lisi Rankin
Joy Lisi Rankin
Assistant Professor

Department: HPS
Address: W-32 Holmes
Phone: (517)

Joy Rankin is a historian of computing, community, and gender.  She studies the textures of digitization in daily life since World War II.  Rankin earned her PhD in History from Yale University. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is eager to join Michigan State University (in August 2016) as an assistant professor teaching the history of science and technology, jointly appointed at Lyman Briggs College and James Madison College. Prior to graduate school, Rankin enjoyed a successful career launching educational programs ranging from an online ESL website to online Advanced Placement courses for high school students, a career that brought her from Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Oregon to Durham, North Carolina and Geneva, Switzerland. You may read more about her work at