Langdon Winner

Professor, Science and Technology Studies

Praised by The Wall Street Journal as "The leading academic on the politics of technology,” Langdon Winner is a political theorist who focuses upon social and political issues that surround modern technological change.

Winner is the author of Autonomous Technology, a study of the idea of "technology-out-of-control" in modern social thought, The Whale and The Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, and editor of Democracy in a Technological Society. 

At present he is researching and writing on a book about the politics of design in the contexts of engineering, architecture and political theory; a book on sustainable technologies; and a collection of his essays on technology and human experience.

He has taught at The New School for Social Research, College of the Atlantic, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and MIT, and has lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe.

He is past president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. A sometime rock critic, he was contributing editor at Rolling Stone in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has contributed articles on rock and roll to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The Encylopaedia Britannica. In the early 1980s he was consultant on Godfrey Reggio's film "Koyaanisqatsi."


Ph.D., Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

M.A., Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

B.A., Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

Research Focus
  • social and political issues