Thurtle is an assistant professor of the Comparative History
of Ideas program and the History Department at the University of Washington.
He received his PhD in history and the philosophy of science from Stanford
University. He has co-edited with Robert Mitchell (English, Duke University)
the volumes Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information (Routledge, 2003) and
Semiotic Flesh: Information and the Human Body (University of Washington
Press, 2002). He also co-edits with Robert Mitchell the book series entitled,
In Vivo: The Cultural Mediations of Biomedicine. His research focuses
on identity and biology in the American eugenics movement, the use of
new media in popular science, the material culture of information processing,
comics and the affective-phenomenlogical domains of media, and the role
of information processing technologies in biomedical research. His latest
book, entitled The Emergence of Genetic Rationality: Space, Time, and
Information Processing in American Biology, 1870-1920 (Seattle: University
of Washington Press, 2007), documents the changes in experiences of space
and time that allowed for the emergence of thinking in terms of genetics.