YAKUP BEKTAS, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology
Tokyo Institute of
O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8554 Japan
Office: West Bldg 9, Room 406A
Yakup Bektas earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Kent in 1995 and 1991 respectively.
Prior to joining the Tokyo Institute of Technology in January 2004, where he
was a postdoctoral research fellow (of Japan Society for the Promotion of
Science) from 1996 to 1998, Bektas held post-doctoral research positions at the
Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of American History), and Duke
University (New Beginnings Program and History Department). At Duke he also
taught courses in the history of technology, and technology and the
Bektas’ principal research and teaching interests are in the
history of technology, particularly in the introduction of Western
technological innovations to the non-Western world in the nineteenth century;
communications–information- technologies (esp. telegraph), railways; technology
and the environment. His research topics include British and American
techno-cultural encounters with the Ottoman Empire (and Meiji Japan) in the
19th century; the role of technological innovations and artifacts in promoting
cross-cultural exchange; the cultural history of the electric telegraph and
railways; technology’s interactions with the natural environment and
landscapes; the ideas of nature, progress, improvement, modernity, and
determinism in narrating technological change; and the ideas of “East” and
At the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Bektas contributes to
research and teaching. His ongoing projects include a booklet for SHOT/AHA series.
He is currently a Contributing Editor to Technology and Culture.
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