Kristie Macrakis

Professor of History

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location:
Old CE Building 120


Kristie Macrakis is Professor in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech. An internationally recognized historian of technology and science, she received her PhD in the history of science from Harvard University. Her recent work focuses on the intersection of espionage history and history of technology, but she has also worked at the intersection of German history and history of science and technology.  She is the author or editor of five books including Surviving the Swastika (Oxford University Press), Seduced by Secrets (Cambridge University Press) and Prisoners, Lovers and Spies (Yale University Press). Her books have been translated into German, Czech, Slovak, Estonian, Chinese and Italian. She has a forthcomonig book tentatively entitled: Techno-Spy Empire: How American's Love Affair with Technology Created a Global Espionage Power. She is under contract with MIT Press to write a book entited Espionage, for the Essential Knowledge series.

She is also the author of over 30 articles as well as popular magazine articles, book reviews and op-eds. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, the Washington Times, Nature, Science and American Scientist. She has made dozens of media appearances including interviews on the History Channel, Science Friday, NPR, and the Smithsonian Channel. In addition to scores of academic lectures, she has spoken at places like the Harvard Club, the International Spy Museum, the Carter Center and appeared on C-SPAN.

Macrakis’s awards include fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fulbright and the Wilson Center as well as grants from the National Science Foundation and the Humboldt Foundation.

For "Technophilic Hubris and Espionage Style" article see:

Areas of
  • History Of Espionage
  • History Of Science And Technology


Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Espionage
  • Science and Technology


  • HTS-2100: Sci, Tech & Modern World
  • HTS-2698: Research Assistantship
  • HTS-3046: Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
  • HTS-3076: History of Intel
  • HTS-3084: Culture & Technology
  • HTS-3803: Special Topics
  • HTS-3823: Special Topics
  • HTS-4031: Seminar in European Hist
  • HTS-4081: Seminar in Hist of Tech
  • HTS-4082: Seminar in Hist of Tech
  • HTS-4814: Special Topics
  • HTS-6102: Soc & Pol Hist of Europe
  • HTS-6114: Hist Science
  • HTS-6121: Science Tech Security
  • HTS-6743: STS Core Seminar
  • HTS-8002: Perspectives-Tech&Sci
  • INTA-6122: STS Sci Tech Nat Sec
  • LMC-6743: STS Core Seminar
  • PUBP-6743: STS Core Seminar