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.
This past summer, De Oliveira was a W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library, in Pasadena, and a Residential Fellow at the Linda Hall Library, in Kansas City. In 2015-2016, he was a Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He spent the 2014-2015 academic year as a Doctoral Exchange Fellow at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
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.