William J. Turkel

William Turkel

William J. Turkel is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches courses on digital history and the history of science, technology and environment. He is the author of The Archive of Place: Unearthing the Pasts of the Chilcotin Plateau (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007) and co-editor of Method and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History (Toronto: Nelson Education, 2009). His first monograph focused on the ways that people reconstruct the past from its material traces. He is currently working on the histories of measurement, materials science and machine tools. In addition to traditional historical research methods, he uses hacking as a form of critical technical practice, working with microcontrollers, sensors and desktop fabrication devices of various sorts.