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 an Affiliate Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. 

Benjamin holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (summa cum laude, 2007) and a Ph.D. in American Studies (2013) from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include the history of risk, actuarial science, and insurance as well as research methodology and collaboration.  He has published in The American Historian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Natural Hazards Observer, and Television and New Media as well as volumes from Intellect, the University of Chicago Press, and Johns Hopkins University Press.  Benjamin is also (with JB Shank) the recipent of a 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement grant.  Previously, Benjamin 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. 

 

Education

Ph.D., American Studies

University of Minnesota

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

University of Minnesota