Patrick De Oliveira was trained as a historian at Princeton University, and is currently a Postdoctoral Lecturer in the interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program. His main field of research is the history of technology in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France and Western Europe, although he also works with comparative/connective approaches that incorporate both France and Latin America into a broader Atlantic world.
Most recently, De Oliveira’s work was recognized by both the Royal Society’s Notes and Records Essay Award (awarded to the best essay on the history of science, technology, or medicine in any period by researchers who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years), and the Western Society for French History’s Millstone Prize (awarded to the best interdisciplinary paper presented at the annual conference). His research has been supported by numerous institutions, including the the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (where he was a Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellow), the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and the Linda Hall Library.
De Oliveira was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History and a B.S.J. in Journalism. At KU, he also wrote regularly for The University Daily Kansan, working as an associate opinion editor, copy editor, reporter, and columnist. De Oliveira has also worked for NPR's Weekend Edition and Verso Books, and has published pieces in Slate, Jacobin, CartaCapital, and Observatório da Imprensa.