Colette Perold, University of Colorado
For: “The Empire of Informatics: IBM in Brazil Before Modern Computing”
Perold’s proposed project will offer original and significant insights into the history of computing in Latin America, specifically the political and economic exercise of power by IBM in Brazil from the 1910s to the 1960s. Squarely situating the history of computing technology in Brazil within Latin American historiography and transnational historical political economy, Perold’s book manuscript is strongly framed to make important contributions to multiple fields. Her application package makes abundantly clear that she will capitalize upon the funding provided by the fellowship to complete necessary research for the manuscript within the timeframe allowed by the award.