Mario Bianchini

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering Building, 221 Bobby Dodd Way
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Overview

Mario is largely interested in studying East German history of science and technology. More specifically, his disseration 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 has also studied post-war German economists and their inability to see economics as a political endeavor, forthcoming in German Studies Review. 

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 Contemorary Historical Research in Potsdam (ZZF Potsdam). He is also a Contributing Editor for T&C's Technology's Stories journal, speaks fluent German, and is currently engaged in learning Russian.

Education:
  • 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
Distinctions:
  • 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
  • President's Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-Present
  • New York University Founders Day Award for Academic Excellence 2012
  • Language Learner's Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2011
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Cultural History
  • East Germany
  • German History
  • History Of Technology
Interests
Research Fields:
  • German - Instructor
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Russian - Instructor
  • Science and Technology Studies
Geographic
Focuses:
  • Europe
Issues:
  • Aesthetics and Technology
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • History and Memory
  • Literature
Courses
  • HTS-3046: Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger