Areas of Specialization: history of technology, history of science
Current Research: historical issues relating to the current restructuring of the American electric utility system; Professor Hirsh notes that his work is very policy oriented.
•"Wind Turbines and Invisible Technology: Unarticulated Reasons for Local Opposition to Wind Energy," Technology and Culture 54 (Oct. 2013): 705-34.
•“Historians of Technology in the Real World:Reflections on the Pursuit of Policy-
Oriented History,”Technology and Culture 52 (Jan. 2011): 6-20.
•“Beyond Batteries: An Examination of the Benefits and Barriers to Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Transition,” (with Benjamin K. Sovacool), Energy Policy 37 (Feb. 2009): 1095-1103.
•“Island Wind Energy: A Significant Potential U.S. Resource,” (with Benjamin K. Sovacool), Renewable Energy 33 (August 2008): 1928-35
•“Assessing U.S. Energy Policy,” (Comment, with Marilyn A. Brown and Benjamin K. Sovacool), Daedalus (Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences) 135 (#3, Sum. 2006): 5-11.
•“Technological Systems and Momentum Change: American Electric Utilities, Restructuring, and Distributed Generation Technologies,” (with Benjamin K. Sovacool), Journal of Technology Studies 32 (Spr. 2006): 72-85.
•“Power Struggle: Changing Momentum in the Restructured American Electric Utility System,” Annales historiques de l’électricité (No. 2, June 2004): 107-123.
•Power Loss: The Origins of Deregulation and Restructuring in the American
Electric Utility System (MIT Press, 1999)
•“Revamping and Repowering,” Forum for Applied Research and
(Summer 2000): 12-18.