The NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks is delighted to share the news that Northeastern University has appointed Daniel J. Cohen as Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, effective June 1, 2017. We are excited that this important role will be filled by an acknowledged leader in the field of digital humanities and we are looking forward to working with Dan on continuing to develop Northeastern’s own leadership in this field.
Dan joins Northeastern from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in Boston where he has been the Founding Executive Director since 2013. The mission of DPLA is to make the treasures of America’s libraries, archives and museums available at no cost to the public without the constraint of location. The DPLA holds over 16 million digital items contributed by over 2,000 institutions. Dan currently holds the title of Affiliate Professor of History in Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities Department of History, and will continue as a Professor of History upon joining the university.
Prior to his role at DPLA, Dan was Professor of History and Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The Center is a multidisciplinary group which develops online teaching resources, digital collections and exhibits, open-source software and training. Dan has also served as a teaching fellow and lecturer at Yale University.
Dan is the author of numerous books, book chapters and articles. His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past in the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. Dan was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2012 Dan was named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education Tech Innovators and in 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities.
A historian by training, his research and scholarship has focused around digital history and the intersection of abstract mathematics and spirituality in Victorian Society. Dan has been the principal investigator of over $20 million in grant funding for a large number of projects. Currently Dan is receiving funding from the Teagle Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as well as others.
Dan received his bachelor’s degree in Religion from Princeton University, his master’s degree in the History of Religion in the Modern West from Harvard University and his PhD in History from Yale University.
We’re extending an excited welcome to Dan and our sincere thanks to Amira Aaron for her steady leadership as interim dean since December. Amira will continue this work until Dan’s arrival and then return to her role as Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources.