Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Professor of History at the University of Washington. She writes and teaches about the growth of the high-tech economy, the history of U.S. politics, and the connections between the two. She is the author of Cities of Knowledge (Princeton, 2005) and Pivotal Tuesdays (Penn Press, 2015). Her next book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, will be published in July 2019 by Penguin Press.
O'Mara is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians and a past fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education. She received her MA/PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Northwestern University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Clinton White House and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution.
She lives outside Seattle with her husband Jeff and their two daughters.
This website provides links to selected work and historical resources for students and others interested in the study of the past. For a full list of publications and professional affiliations, see Professor O'Mara's CV. For a downloadable bio and headshot, click here.