Gender and the Robot in the United States


Problem Statement

How have shifts in robotics and related information technologies interacted with ideologies of gender and body politics in the 20th century United States?  

Video Essay

This video essay serves as an introduction to questions addressed in Hal's Honors History thesis, which looks at how robotics and emerging information technologies interact with gender frameworks as cultural symbols, physical embodiments, and mental models in the 20th century United States.  

Hal Reed presenting Gender and the Robot video
Hal Reed presenting Gender and the Robot at 2022 Milstein Expo

The project seeks to argue that robotics development's relationship to gender interacts visibly with social understandings of gender and body politic, and its relationship to power, as demonstrated through shifts in technology movements in media and industry.  


Hal Reed