David Lucsko

David Lucsko Associate Professor and Secretary of the Society for the History of Technology
Thach 320-A
(334) 844-4328

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 1-3
  • Thursday 1-3


Before joining the Auburn faculty as assistant professor in 2010, David Lucsko was managing editor of Technology and Culture and taught history of technology at the University of Detroit Mercy. He received his BS from Georgia Tech in 1998 and his PhD from M.I.T. in 2005. In January 2014, he began a three-year term as Secretary of the Society for the History of Technology.

Dr. Lucsko's research focuses on the history of the automobile (manufacturers and users, particularly enthusiasts). His book, The Business of Speed: The Hot Rod Industry in America, 1915-1990 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), examines the development of the hobby and business of high-performance automotive modification (a.k.a. "tuning" or "hot rodding"). His is currently working on a project about the ways in which out-of-service or junked cars have been re-used, recycled, and re-purposed in the twentieth-century United States.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recent Publications


  • The Business of Speed: The Hot Rod Industry in America, 1915-1990 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Articles, Essays, and Chapters

  • “Of Clunkers and Camaros: Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Programs and the Automobile Enthusiast, 1990–2009,” Technology and Culture (forthcoming [2014]).
  • “American Motorsports: The Checkered Literature on the Checkered Flag,” in Blackwell Companion to American Sports, ed. Steven Riess (Blackwell, forthcoming [2014]).
  • “Hot Rodding,” in Sports in America: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century, ed. Steven Riess (M.E. Sharpe, 2011), 461–63.
  • “John Bell Rae and the Automobile: 1959, 1965, 1971, 1984,” Technology and Culture 50 (2009): 894–914.

Last Updated: January 21, 2014