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Gerardo Con Diaz


  • Ph.D., History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, 2016
  • M.A., M.Phil., History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, 2014
  • M.Phil., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (Trinity College), 2009
  • B.A., Mathematics, Harvard University, 2008


I am a historian of digital law, and I joined the STS Department in 2016. Please visit my website for contact information.

Research Focus

I investigate how law and policy have shaped the digital world. My first book, Software Rights, is a history of software patenting in the United States. My second is a history of Internet copyright under contract with Yale University Press. 

Selected Publications

“Contested Ontologies of Software: The Story of Gottschalk v. Benson, 1963-1972,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 38:1 (January-March 2016): 23-33. 

Winner of the Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize

“Embodied Software: Patents and the History of Software Development, 1946-1970,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 37:3 (July-September 2015): 8-19. 



STS 11: Science on Trial

STS 110: Computing, Data, Law

STS 113: Business and Technology in the U.S.

STS 114: The Global Information Age


Digital Technology History and Theory

Internet Studies

I'm happy to serve on dissertation and qualifying exam committees on topics such as digital governance, Internet cultures, business & technology, and law & science, even while on leave. Please reach out if you'd like to chat about this.


Computer History Museum Prize for outstanding book in the history of computing (Software Rights)

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Public Understanding of Science Grant

Smithsonian Institution Fellow

WGlenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell Fellowship, Hoover Institution (Stanford University)

Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize, Society for the History of Technology, for best article on the history of electrical technologies

Herman E. Krooss Prize, Business History Conference, for best doctoral dissertation in business history

John Addison Porter Prize, Yale University, university-wide prize for best written work in any field of general human interest

Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Technology, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)

Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), prize for the best first article by a new scholar