PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Before joining the Auburn faculty 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.
Lucsko's research focuses on the history of the automobile (manufacturers and users, particularly enthusiasts). His first 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 second book, Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), analyzes the relationship between automobile enthusiasts and salvage yards by examining the ways in which out-of-service or junked cars have been re-used, recycled, and re-purposed in the twentieth-century United States. He is currently working on a monograph about the automotive restoration hobby.
history of technology, transportation history, history of manufacturing, environmental history