School of Social and Political Science

David Stearns

Job Title

Alumni/Emeritus

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City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Background

History of the Visa payment system

Currently researching and writing a history of the Visa payment system.

General research areas

history of software and computing (and technology in general); dependability in computing; sociology of technical and scientific knowledge. Currently doing field research in Berkeley, California, USA

Thesis

"Think of it as Money": The Creation of the Visa Payment System.

Supervisors

Prof. Donald MacKenzie (Sociology) and Dr. Luciana D'Adderio (Informatics)

Education

1991, BA, Management Information Systems, Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington, USA).

2000, year of study in History of Science and Technology, University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, USA).

Work Experience

1991-1995, IT software developer.

1995-2000, program manager and designer of commercial software.

2001-2003, software developer and architect, configurable commercial systems

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