Robert MacDougall is the Simmons Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Communication at the University of Utah. He comes to Utah from the University of Western Ontario, where he is Assistant Professor of History and an Associate Director of the Center for American Studies. His research interests involve the history of communication and information networks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States. He is completing a book manuscript on the rise and fall of independent telephony, beginning a new project on Gilded Age pseudoscientists and cranks, and neglecting his blog at www.robmacdougall.org. His work has appeared in American Quarterly, Technology & Culture, and the Business History Review.