Ben Schmidt

Director of Digital Humanities and Clinical Associate Professor of History

New York University


I am director of digital humanities and clinical associate professor of history at New York University. Previously, I was an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University and core faculty in the NuLab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.

I use humanistic data analysis and data visualization to help people think about the American past in new ways. My primary current research project is Creating Data, a digital monograph about the organization of information in the American state in the late 19th century. I also write occasionally about higher education (teaching evaluations and humanities policy), narrative anachronism and [plot structure], and political history.

At NYU, I teach courses in digital humanities and history of the United States and technology in the history department and through the program in Digital Humanities, of which I am the director.

I live in Manhattan.

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  • Data Visualization
  • Machine Learning
  • History
  • Text Analysis


  • PhD in History, 2013

    Princeton University

  • AB in Social Studies, 2003

    Harvard University

Recent Posts

Increasingly Stealthy

Scott Enderle is one of the rare people whose Twitter pages I frequently visit, apropos of nothing, just to read in reverse. A few …

2020 06 08 Historians and AI

Thanks for coming, thanks for your contributions, and special thanks to Darrell and the AHA staff for organizing this and putting up …

Genre, Manifolds, and AI.

This article in the New Yorker about the end of genre prompts me to share a theory I’ve had for a year or so that models at …

Guide to Digital Publishing

I’ve been yammering online about the distinctions between different entities in the landscape of digital publishing and access, …

Moving from MySQL to DuckDB

I mentioned earlier that I’ve been doing some work on the old Bookworm project as I see that there’s nothing else that …


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