Program Director of Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities

180 O. Meredith Wilson Library
612.624.0535
benwig@umn.edu

Benjamin is the Program Director of Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) for University Libraries and Affiliate Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.

His research focuses on the history of statistical risk assessment in insurance, lending, and cultural production.  His work--both in his leadership of the DASH program and in his scholarship--also investigates how to improve research processes with digital technologies as well as strategies for effective collaboration in research projects. 

He is the author of Loaded Dice: Race & Risk in the United States (Oxford Universiity Press) and has published articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Natural Hazards Observer, and Television and New Media.  He has also contributed to volumes from Johns Hopkins University Press, Routledge, and the University of Chicago Press and his work has been featured in The American Historian, American Libraries, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Benjamin (with JB Shank) is the recipent of a 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement grant.  Previously, he served as the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also taught in the Department of History and the Department of History & Sociology of Science.  Additionally, he serves as a consultant for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law.

Education

Ph.D., American Studies

University of Minnesota

B.A. (summa cum laude), Cinema & Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and Sociology

University of Minnesota