Department of History

David Lucsko

David Lucsko Chair, Associate Professor
315 Thach Hall
(334) 844-4328

Office Hours

  • Monday 2-3
  • Wednesday 2-3
  • Friday 2-3


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.

Dr. 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.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Representative Publications


  • Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, May 2016).
  • The Business of Speed: The Hot Rod Industry in America, 1915-1990 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Articles, Essays, and Chapters

  • “‘Junkyard Jamboree’: Hunting for Treasure in the Twentieth Century,” IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology (forthcoming, 2016).

  • “Of Clunkers and Camaros: Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Programs and the Automobile Enthusiast, 1990–2009,” Technology and Culture 55 (April 2014): 390-428.

  • “American Motorsports: The Checkered Literature on the Checkered Flag,” in Blackwell Companion to American Sports, ed. Steven Riess (Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 313–33.

  • “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: February 20, 2019