Thierry Bardini is a French sociologist who did all his academic career outside
France. He is a full professor in the Department of Communication at the
Université de Montréal, Canada, where he co-directs the Workshop in
Radical Empiricism (with Brian Massumi).
Thierry holds a degree of "ingénieur agronome" (1986) and did his
first work on agriculture production systems. He wrote his PhD thesis on
technical systems in agriculture.He also did fieldwork on the history
of agriculture in Venezuela and on a multi-disciplinary research project
around the jack-bean Canavalia ensiformis agriculture and
similar topics in Venezuela, before working in the United States on
innovation diffusion under the direction of Everett Rogers at the
University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication. He
then left for Université de Montréal.
Thierry Bardini has authored many papers and books on innovation, sociology of technology, and hypermedia: he is the author of Bridging the Gulfs: From Hypertext to Cyberspace,
where he described the history of hypertext through the visions of two
early pioneers in the field: Douglas Engelbart and Ted Nelson.
In 2000, he published Bootstrapping: Douglas Engelbart, Coevolution, and the Origins of Personal Computing,
a book about Douglas Engelbart's career and the rise and fall of the
Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute
He has published a new book Junkware published in the Posthumanities Series at Minnesota Press in early 2011.