Ben Schmidt

Director of Digital Humanities and Clinical Associate Professor 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

Jeb! the quitter. Digital traces of private devotions.

A graph and story of Jeb! Bush’s failed religious devotions.

Two Volumes: the lessons of Time on the Cross

(This is a talk from a January 2019 panel at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. You probably need to know, to …

Web Migration

Since 2010, I’ve done most of my web hosting the way that the Internet was built to facilitate: from a computer under the desk in …

Moving (or rather, staying in place)

Some news: in September, I’ll be starting a new job as Director of Digital Humanities at NYU. There’s a wide variety of …

A computational critique of a computational critique of computational critique.

Critical Inquiry has posted an article by Nan Da offering a critique of some subset of digital humanities that she calls …


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