Mario Bianchini


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  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location: Old Civil Engineering Building, 221 Bobby Dodd Way
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As a scholar, Mario is largely interested in German history of science and technology. More specifically, his dissertation investigates East German technological culture and the state's efforts to build a socialist technological utopia. The dissertation chapters explore how modeling hobbies, sports, science fiction, and education were designed to further the state's goals of technological utopianism. He also studies comparative post-war German economics both in his work in German Studies Review and as part of the research group "Between Bukharin and Balcerowicz: A Comparative History of Economic Thought under Communism" at the University of Vienna.

Mario earned a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study; a school that did not have traditional majors, rather concentrations. His concentration was on the manifestation of Nazi guilt in both Eastern and Western German literature. Also during undergrad, he studied German at Freie Universität Berlin through a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grant. During Graduate school, Mario received both a Fulbright Research and Study award and a Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists from the DAAD to spend two years as a visiting scholar at the Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam (ZZF Potsdam) as well as a Linda Hall Library doctoral research grant. His work has appeared in German studies Review, theYearbook for Historical Communism Research (Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung)Technologies Stories, and on H-Net. 

  • PhD - Georgia Institute Of Technology, History and Sociology of Technology and Science, 2022
  • M.S. - Georgia Institute Of Technology, History and Sociology of Technology and Science, 2016
  • B.A. - New York University, Individualized Major with a focus on Nazi Guilt in German Post-War Literature, 2012
Awards and
  • Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award, Georgia Institute of Technology 2022
  • Fulbright Research Award 2019-2020
  • Linda Hall Library Dissertation Fellowship 2019-2020
  • Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists (more than 6 months), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2017- 2018
  • Homer Rice Award for Community Service, Georgia Institute of Technology 2017
  • High Pass for Comprehensive Exams, Georgia Institute of Technology 2017
  • New York University Founders Day Award for Academic Excellence 2012
  • DAAD Language Grant, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin 2011
Areas of
  • Cultural History
  • East Germany
  • German History
  • History Of Technology


Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Europe
  • Aesthetics and Technology
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • History and Memory
  • Literature


  • HTS-3046: Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
  • HTS-3084: Culture & Technology
  • HTS-3089: Science Tech & Sports