Margaret O'Mara speaks at the Clinton School on November 16, 2015. Photo by Jacob Slaton.
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Margaret O'Mara with Ron Chernow at SeaArtsLectures in Benaroya Hall in 2017.
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Northwestern University where Margaret O'Mara received her Bachelor of Arts degree.
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The University of Pennsylvania where Margaret O'Mara received her Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
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Margaret O'Mara at GeekWire Q&A.
Margaret O'Mara at Hammer Theatre.
(This book examines why high-tech development became so ec...)
This book examines why high-tech development became so economically important late in the twentieth century, and why its magic formula of people, jobs, capital, and institutions has been so difficult to replicate. Margaret O'Mara shows that high-tech regions are not simply accidental market creations but "cities of knowledge" - planned communities of scientific production that were shaped and subsidized by the original venture capitalist, the Cold War defense complex.
(Exploring the personalities, critical moments, and surpri...)
Exploring the personalities, critical moments, and surprises of these races, Margaret O'Mara shows, how and why candidates won or lost, and examines the effects these campaigns had on the presidencies that followed. But this isn't just a book about politics, it is about the evolution of a nation and the history made by ordinary people who cast their ballots.
(Margaret O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Si...)
Margaret O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time, the story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation, from the Pentagon to Stanford University. Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists, from the justly famous to the unjustly obscure, across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, from the Forties to the present, O'Mara has wrestled into magnificent narrative form one of the most fateful developments in modern American history.
Margaret O'Mara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English in 1992 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Her Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History she received from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to her academic career, Margaret O'Mara took the position of a special assistant of Intergovernmental Affairs at the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 till 1995. Then she worked in the Clinton White House, working on urban economic development, health care, and welfare reform, and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution till 1999. Then from 2002 till 2007, she was an assistant professor of history at Stanford University. From 2007 Margaret is a Professor at the University of Washington.
O'Mara's expertise includes the relationships between technology and politics, as well as the relationship between technology companies and urban development. She has written numerous research papers about Silicon Valley and American Presidents. She is the author of such books as Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley (2005), Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century (2015), and The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (2019). She also is a coauthor, with David Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen, of forthcoming editions of a widely used United States history college textbook, The American Pageant.
Margaret 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 is currently exploring the globalization of the technology industry since the 1970s.
(Margaret O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Si...)2019
(Exploring the personalities, critical moments, and surpri...)2015
(This book examines why high-tech development became so ec...)2005
Experience in national politics and policymaking showed Margaret O'Mara the critical role of historical knowledge in understanding the present and informing the future. Her research, teaching, and work with people and organizations beyond academia is inspired and shaped by her desire to make history relevant, exciting, and central to the way people understand our world.
Margaret O'Mara is a faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and an advisory board member for Startup Hall.
Margaret O'Mara is married to Jeffery Lawrence O'Mara. They have two daughters.