Bradley Fidler

Assistant Professor

School: College of Arts and Letters

Building: Morton

Room: 329

Phone: (201) 216-3396

Fax: (201) 216-8245



  • PhD (2011) University of California Los Angeles (History of Science, Technology, and Medicine)
  • MA (2009) University of California Los Angeles (Economic History)
  • MA (2009) York University (Political Economy)
  • Other (2009) University of California, Los Angeles (C.Phil, Economic History)
  • BA (2002) University of Victoria Los Angeles (Political Science)

I study the evolution of distributed systems (their architecture, mostly) and their technical management. I’m currently focused on binding/mapping systems and virtualization in computer (and to a limited extent neural) networks.

I am an Assistant Professor with the Stevens Institute of Technology in the College of Arts and Letters. At my last job I was a researcher with the UCLA Computer Science Department. My background is largely in political economy and I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the evolution of psychopharmaceutical market strategies. I will complete my final contracts for (big) tech and defense during the first half of 2021.

Current Funded Research

Google: DNSSEC and the IANA Functions. This study is an assessment of how the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions will incorporate the present and expanded technical and coordination requirements imposed by the Domain Name System Security Extensions.

Lockheed Martin: Mission Engineering and Multi-Domain Operations. Multi-Domain Operations integrate communications between assets across multiple domains (e.g. subsea, sea, land, air, and space) as a coherent system-of-systems. With Paul Grogan.

National Science Foundation: Sociotechnical Metrics Frameworks for Network and Security Operation Centers. I am working with fellow PI Alex Bardas to specify a new class of metrics frameworks for enterprise network Security Operations Centers.
Previously I’ve contributed to contracts for DARPA and the NIMH.


I use the same Zoom Room for all teaching and meetings. You can make an appointment with me at Doodle (

Selected Publications
    Book Chapter
    1. Fidler, B. (2014). Lithium. Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness. SAGE Reference.
    Journal Article
    1. Fidler, B. (2019). The Evolution of Internet Routing: Technical Roots of the Network Society. Internet Histories.
    2. Fidler, B. (2018). Networks as Markets: A Note on Cryptography, Capitalism, and Security.. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (4 ed., vol. 40, pp. 80-84).
    3. Fidler, B.; Russell, A. L. (2018). Financial and Administrative Infrastructure for the Early Internet: Network Maintenance at the Defense Information Systems Agency. Technology and Culture (4 ed., vol. 59, pp. 899-924).
    4. Fidler, B. (2017). Eternal October and the End of Cyberspace. IEEE Ann. Hist. Comput. (1 ed., vol. 39, pp. 6--7).
    5. Fidler, B. (2017). Cybersecurity governance: a prehistory and its implications. Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance (6 ed., vol. 19, pp. 449--465).
    6. Fidler, B.; Acker, A. (2017). Metadata, infrastructure, and computer-mediated communication in historical perspective. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2 ed., vol. 68, pp. 412--422).
    7. DuPont, Q.; Fidler, B. (2016). Edge Cryptography and the Codevelopment of Computer Networks and Cybersecurity. IEEE Ann. Hist. Comput. (4 ed., vol. 38, pp. 55--73).
    8. Fidler, B.; Currie, M. (2016). Infrastructure, Representation, and Historiography in BBN's Arpanet Maps. IEEE Ann. Hist. Comput. (3 ed., vol. 38, pp. 44--57).
    9. Fidler, B.; Currie, M. (2015). The Production and Interpretation of ARPANET Maps. IEEE Ann. Hist. Comput. (1 ed., vol. 37, pp. 44--55).
    10. Fidler, B.; Acker, A. (2014). Metadata and infrastructure in internet history: Sockets in the arpanet host-host protocol. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (1 ed., vol. 51, pp. 1--8).

    Computing and Capitalism HST404
    Computers and Society HSS371
    Cyberspace and National Security HST495
    Foundations of Technology Policy CAL510
    History of Psychology HSS375
    Internet Protocols and Politics HST385
    Intro to Science and Technology Studies HST120