Alluring Androids, Robot Women, and Electronic Eves

Julie Wosk


Julie Wosk is Professor of art history, English, and studio painting at the State University of New York, Maritime College.

She has published widely on technology, art, and design, and is the author of WOMEN AND THE MACHINE: REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE SPINNING WHEEL TO THE ELECTRONIC AGE (The Johns Hopkins University Press) and BREAKING FRAME: TECHNOLOGY AND THE VISUAL ARTS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (Rutgers University Press, 1992, new paperback reprint edition 2009).

In 2008 she received a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities and in December 2002 she received a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

She was the curator and writer of the exhibit "Alluring Androids, Robot Women, and Electronic Eves" which was held at the New York Hall of Science from June-September 10, 2006. This is a traveling exhibit and more information about it can be obtained by contacting Dr. Wosk. Her new book ALLURING ANDROIDS, WOMEN ROBOTS, AND ELECTRONIC EVES is based on this exhibit.

She has lectured widely on art and technology at universities, museums, and community organizations. She is a member of the Speakers Program of the New York Council for the Humanities, and is funded to present a talk on her new book to not-for-profit organizations in New York State. To apply for a lecture, go to

A native of Evanston, Illinois, she has degrees from Washington University in St. St.Louis, Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in art history, and received studio art training at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Her articles on art and technology, literature, and design have appeared in DESIGN ISSUES, TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE, ART AND ARTISTS (London), LEONARDO, and others. She is also a painter and photographer whose works have been exhibited in New York and Connecticut galleries.

Selected Works

Originally published by Rutgers Univesity Press, this ground-breaking book illuminates the dramatic and sometimes dramatic impact of the Industrial Revolution and new mechanical inventions on the natural environment and human lives. Chapters on human-machines (automatons), trains, ornamented steam engines, design, and more.
Images of Women and Machines (including automobiles,airplanes, bicycles, Rosie-the-Riveter war work, household machines, and more) in art, photography, advertising, and other visual images.
Third Book
Images by artists reflect the dramatic impact of industrialization and new machines on nineteenth-century American and British society. Includes chapters on nineteenth-century design (ornamented steam engines, sewing machines, ornamental cast iron, electroplated silverware, and more).