Kristie Macrakis, Ph.D.


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

Kristie Macrakis is Professor in the School of History, Technology and Society 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