Douglas O'Reagan completed his PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2014. His dissertation was a comparative history of the Allied powers' attempts to study and copy German science and technology during and after the Second World War. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership in UC Berkeley's College of Engineering from 2014-2015, where he worked with an interdisciplinary team on applying data science, econometric analysis, and historical research in studying the origins and impacts of specific breakthrough technologies. In 2015 he became a visiting assistant professor at Washington State University's Tri-Cities campus, where he taught history and served as Lead Archivist and Director of the Oral History Program for the Hanford History Project, which manages the US Department of Energy's collections related to the Hanford site of the Manhattan Project.
As a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at MIT, Dr. O'Reagan will study how the digital humanities can best aid the specific strengths, mission, and broader community around MIT. His own research focuses on the history of scientific espionage and technology transfer in the 20th century, including aspects of intellectual property law, business culture, intelligence and national security, and how science and diplomacy interact.