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Ph.D., 2013, History
Benjamin Schmidt is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University and core faculty at the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His research interests are in the digital humanities and the intellectual and cultural history of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. His dissertation, “Paying Attention,” described how new ways of measuring attention in early 20th century psychology found unexpected uses in teaching, advertising, and media. His digital humanities research focuses particularly on text mining and the potential of large historical datasets for humanistic research. Recent work in topic modeling, visualization of historic data, and thematic mapping. More details are available at benschmidt.org.
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; he earned a Ph.D. in history was at Princeton University, and an A.B. in Social Studies at Harvard University.