History and historiography of early modern and modern technology, the European Enlightenment, history of technocracy, philosophy and theory of technology and literature.
Heidi Voskuhl's research field comprises the history of technology from the early modern to the modern period. Her broader interests include the philosophy of technology, the history of the Enlightenment, and modern European intellectual and cultural history.
Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Winner of the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History of the American Philosophical Society, 2014.
“Emancipation in the Industrial Age: Technology,
Rationality, and the Cold War in Habermas’s Early Epistemology and Social
in Modern Intellectual History.
"Producing Objects, Producing Texts: Accounts of Android Automata in Late 18th-century Europe." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 38 (2007), 422-444.
"Motions and Passions: Music-playing Women Automata and Cultural Commentary in Late 18th-Century Germany." In Jessica Riskin, ed. Genesis Redux: Essays on the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2007, 293-320.
"Humans, Machines, and Conversations: An Ethnographic Study of the Making of Automatic Speech Recognition Technologies." Social Studies of Science 34 (2004), 393-421.
"Recreating Herschel's Actinometry: An essay in the historiography of experimental practice." British Journal for the History of Science, 1997 (30), 337-355