Daniel Rosenberg

Daniel Rosenberg

Professor of History

dbr@uoregon.edu | 541-346-0520 | 1715 Franklin Blvd. #115

Fall 2016 Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1:30 - 3pm @ Fresh Market Café in Global Scholars Hall (drop-in); Tuesday 2 - 3pm @ 1715 Franklin Blvd. #115 (by appointment)​

ACADEMIC AREAS: Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History, Enlightenment, History of Information

Fall 2016 Courses

HC 231H From Memory to Written Record

Past Courses

HC 232H Spaces of Modernity

HC 431H Search

HC 431H Outsider Histories: Michel de Certeau and His Interlocutors

HC 431H Eighteenth-Century Things: Material Cultures of the Enlightenment

HC431H: Historical Epistemology

HC431H: Foucault, Historian

HC431H: Histories of the Future

Academic Background

Ph.D., History, University of California - Berkeley
M.A., History, University of California - Berkeley
B.A., History, Wesleyan University

Professor Rosenberg has served on the faculty of the Clark Honors College since 2000, where he has also served as associate dean. Rosenberg is affiliated with the departments of history and comparative literature at the University of Oregon, as well as the European Studies minor. He is co-founder and faculty sponsor of the Clark Honors College - Pathway Oregon Partnership.

Research Interests & Current Projects

Professor Rosenberg's current research focus is the history of data. In addition, he writes on a wide range of topics related to history, epistemology, language and visual culture. His books are Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline with Anthony Grafton (2010) and Histories of the Future with Susan Harding (2005). Rosenberg is editor-at-large of Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture, where he is a frequent contributor, with essays on paleolithic calendars, the concept of sloth, the history of Jell-O, and the languages of planet Mars, among other subjects. He also directs an online project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities on historical graphics entitled Time OnLine

Rosenberg’s book, Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline, written with Anthony Grafton, was named to the Best Books of the Year 2010 by amazon.com and ranked #2 on their list of Best Books of the Year in Art and Photography. It was also named to the 2010 list of the Year’s Best Reading Beyond Category by The Barnes and Noble Review. The exhibition based on the book at the Princeton University Art Museum received wide acclaim, including a Critic’s Pick in ArtForum, which referred to the exhibition and book as a “dramatic” expansion of our “knowledge of visual phenomena.” Rosenberg’s graphic “Timeline of Timelines,” originally designed for Cabinet, has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Professor Rosenberg has held fellowships and grants from many institutions including Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, American Academy in Berlin, Stanford Humanities Center, Princeton Center for Collaborative History, University of California Humanities Research Institute, Rutgers Center for Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Huntington Library, William Andrews Clark Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

Recognitions at the University of Oregon include the Coleman-Guitteau Teaching Fellowship, Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, Williams Council Grant, Faculty Research Award, Faculty Start Up Grant, and Lorry Lokey Award for Science and the Human Condition.

Rosenberg has traveled widely, presenting his research at institutions including University of Copenhagen; University of Basel, Griffith University, Australia; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany; and Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City. 

Selected Publications


Selected Articles

  • 2016, "Against Infographics," Art Journal, 75:1.
  • ​2016, "Time Offline and On," Proofreaders and Polymaths (edited by Ann Blair), Leiden, NL: Brill.
  • 2015, "History Debugged," Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Theodor Nelson (edited by Douglas Dechow and Daniele Struppa), New York: Springer.
  • 2015, "Whence 'Data'? The Surprising Origins of a Ubiquitous Term," Berlin Journal, 28.
  • 2014, "Stop, Words," Representations, 127.
  • 2013, "The Library of the Disaster," Romanic Review, 103:4.
  • 2013, "Toward a Quantitative History of Data," Raw Data (is an Oxymoron) (edited by Lisa Gitelman), Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • 2013, "The End of the Line," Il Palazzo Enciclopedico Biennale Arte 2013, Venice: La Biennale di Venezia.
  • 2013, "A Graphic Renaissance" (with Anthony Grafton), Hedgehog Review, 15:1 (winter 2013).
Cover of Cartographies of Time

Cover of Histories of the Future