Kristie Macrakis


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 and an internationally recognized historian. She received her Ph.D in the history of science from Harvard University and came to Tech in 2009 where she teaches courses in the history of science and espionage. Her books include Surviving the Swastika: Scientific Research in Nazi Germany (Oxford, 1993), Science Under Socialism: East Germany in Comparative Perspective (Harvard, 1997), East German Foreign Intelligence (Routledge, 2010) and Seduced by Secrets: Inside the Stasi's Spy-Tech World (Cambridge, 2008) (Translated into German, Czech and Slovak and a History Book Club Selection). She is also the author of over 30 articles. Macrakis's awards include fellowships from  the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton,Fulbright, and the Wilson Center, as well as grants from  the National Science Foundation, and the Humboldt Foundation. Her most recent book is Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: the Story of Invisible Ink (Yale, 2014) (Translated into Italian, Estonian and Chinese). 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
  • LMC-6743: STS Core Seminar
  • PUBP-6743: STS Core Seminar