Jesse Adams Stein

Dr Jesse Adams Stein is a design researcher specialising in the relationship between technology, work, material culture and sustainable practices.

She is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Design, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, University of Technology Sydney.

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Presently Jesse’s research investigates how digital fabrication technologies are transforming the social relations of Australian manufacturing, with a particular focus on industrial craft. An experienced oral history interviewer, in 2017 Jesse initiated the Reshaping Australian Manufacturing Oral History Project in partnership with the National Library of Australia, which features in-depth interviews with industrial craft tradespeople, specifically engineering patternmakers. Jesse’s earlier research engaged with issues of domesticity and gender in the industrial design of 1970s and 1980s computers.

Jesse’s monograph Hot Metal: Material Culture & Tangible Labour (Manchester University Press, 2016), examines technological change and workplace upheaval in the Australian printing industry between the 1960s and the 1980s. Hot Metal pioneered an interdisciplinary approach that integrates design history, labour history and oral histories of working life. Jesse is currently writing her second book, Just Finishing: Voices of Industrial Craft, and her emerging research plans concern the Right to Repair movement in an Australian context.

Qualifications: Jesse holds a PhD in Design from UTS (2014), a Master of Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), and a Bachelor of Art Theory (Hons Class 1) from UNSW (2005).

Awards: Finalist – UTS Early Career Researcher Award (2018), UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2016); UTS Chancellor’s List for the Top 6 PhD Theses (2015); Australian Postgraduate Award (2011); University Medal (Art Theory, UNSW, 2005).

Professional: Jesse is a member of the Australian Centre for Public History, where she co-leads the Design + Histories node. Also a member of: Design History Society, Oral History NSW & Society for the History of Technology; past editorial board member for Craft + Design Inquiry; regular peer reviewer: Journal of Design HistoryDesign and Culture; Technology & CultureBefore entering academia, Jesse worked at Art & Australia magazine, the National Library of Australia and Sydney Living Museums.

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