Benjamin MacDonald Schmidt

Ben Schmidt


Ph. D., Princeton University; Digital History, American Intellectual History

219 Meserve Hall

T: (617) 373-4488


Benjamin Schmidt is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University. His research is in the digital humanities and the intellectual and cultural history of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. His dissertation studies the rise of new ways of measuring attention in the early 20th century. His digital humanities research focuses particularly on text mining and massive historical datasets, with work in topic modeling, visualization, and thematic mapping. More details are available at

Prior to coming to Northeastern, he was the graduate fellow at the Cultural Observatory @ Harvard, in Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; his graduate work in history was at Princeton University, and as an undergraduate he majored in Social Studies at Harvard University.

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