The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

"Measuring, Analysing and Reporting," in Twitter for Museums: Strategies and Tactics for Success. MuseumsEtc (Edinburgh): 2010.

Defining success and determining best practices for social media measurement in museums.

"Case Study: National Museum of American History," in Twitter for Museums: Strategies and Tactics for Success. MuseumsEtc (Edinburgh): 2010.

Defining success and determining best practices for social media measurement in museums.

"Small Towns and Big Cities: How Museums Foster Community On-line," in J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds). Museums and the Web 2010: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics.

Borrowing terminology from German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies, this paper uses the archetypal qualities inherent in traditional village life (Gemeinschaft) vs. life in big cities (Gesellschaft) as a framework for understanding museum approaches to on-line community.

"Social Media and Organizational Change." In J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds). Museums and the Web 2011: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics.

Social media are altering how museums interact with the public. But how are they affecting the ways that museum professionals approach their jobs? How are large organizations dealing with new pressures for a more nimble, experimental approach to content creation, and a more personal level of engagement with staff? How do museums manage the 'brand' with so many people creating content, while also being flexible and bringing out the many voices in an institution? With the authors' multiple perspectives, this paper highlights some of the ways that social media are changing the ways that staff communicate and work together, and addresses issues such as whether to distribute management of social media content across an organization or to centralize efforts; how to find tactics for educating and training staff about what social media are; and how social media can further the mission, set new expectations for current staffing positions held within the museum, and promote a cultural shift that embraces collaborative, agile ways of interacting with our peers and our audiences.

American Enterprise: A History of Business in America Washington, DC, Smithsonian Books, 2015
"Preserving Software in History Museums: A Material Culture Approach," in Ulf Hashagen,, eds., History of Computing: Software Issues (Berlin: Springer, 2002).

Reviews issues related to preserving and exhibiting software in museums.

"The ENIAC," in Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society 63 (December 1999).

Provides a capsule history of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).

"The Origin of the Naval Research Laboratory," U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 105 (July, 1979).

Reviews the development of the Naval Research Laboratory.

"U.S. Navy Research and Development since World War II," in Military Enterprise and Technological Change (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1985).

Reviews the process of naval research and development in the post World War II era.

“Archives of Data Processing: The National Museum of American History” in Archives of Data Processing History (New York: Greenwood Press, 1990).

Summarizes holdings of National Museum of American History in computer history.

“How People use Electronic Interactives in Information Age: People, Information & Technology” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Hypermedia and Interactivity in Museums (1991).

Reviews experience of visitors using electronic interactives in museums.

“John A. Dahlgren: Innovator in Uniform,” in Captains of the Old Steam Navy (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1986).

Provides a biographical review of John A. Dahlgren and his role as a naval innovator and developer of naval ordnance.

“Universal Product Code in Perspective: Context for a Revolution,” in Alan L. Haberman, ed. Twenty-Five Years behind Bars. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001).

Summarizes the history of the Universal Product Code.

New Eye for the Navy: The Origin of Radar at the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington: GPO, 1981).

Provides an in-depth history of the development of radar at the Naval Research Laboratory in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Seattle: Marquand Books, 2004.

Catalog for the exhibition of the same name.

"Hollywood, California (1930s)" and "Fort Collins, Colorado (2010s)." In Molella, Arthur and Karvellas, Anna (eds.), Places of Invention. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015, 156–201.

Companion book to the Places of Invention exhibition.

Inventing for the Environment. Co-edited with Arthur Molella. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.

An anthology of essays on the role of invention in mitigating environmental issues.

"Movies Meet the Rainbow." In Blaszczyk, Regina L. and Spiekermann, Uwe (eds.) Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture. Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017:133-148.

An overview of the invention of Technicolor.

"Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century by Karen A. Rader, Victoria E. M. Cain (review)." Technology and Culture 59, no. 1, January 2018, 168-169. DOI:
“Ralph Baer: An Interactive Life.” Human Behavior & Emerging Technologies 1, no. 1 (January 2019), 18–25.
White House History “What Flavor is the Cake?: White House Weddings and the Public’s Curiosity,” White House History, No. 54, Summer 2019, pp. 63-77.
The Public Historian “Mirror, Mirror For Us All: Disney Theme Parks and the Collective Memory of the American National Narrative,” The Public Historian, forthcoming spring 2020.
Mediating the Mouse: Disney and the Fan Experience “’Our Cartoon City Upon a Hill’: the Disney Theme Parks, the Public, the National Narrative and American Identity” in Priscilla Hobbs, ed. Mediating the Mouse: Disney and the Fan Experience, Intellect Books, forthcoming.
Smithsonian Magazine “The Practically Perfect Political Timing of Mary Poppins,” Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Institution, December 19, 2018.