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Daniel Rosenberg

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-0520
  • Office: 359 McKenzie Hall
  • Office Hours: Winter 2023, Drop In Tues 12:00-1:00pm, By Appt. Tues. 1:00-2:00pm.
  • Affiliated Departments: Clark Honors College, Comparative Literature, European Studies, German & Scandinavian
  • Interests: Intellectual History, History of Science and Technology, Visual Culture, Language and Linguistics, Enlightenment


Professor Rosenberg is an intellectual historian with a research focus on the history of information and information graphics. In addition, he writes on a wide range of topics related to historiography, 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. He also directs a digital project on historical graphics supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled Time Online. Rosenberg has received grants and fellowships from ACLS, NEH, Stanford Humanities Center, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and American Academy in Berlin among other institutions. Recognitions at the University of Oregon include the Coleman-Guitteau Teaching Fellowship, Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, Williams Council Grant, Faculty Research Award, and Lorry Lokey Award for Science and the Human Condition. Among other subjects, Rosenberg has published on paleolithic calendars, the concept of sloth, the history of Jell-O, and the languages of planet Mars. 

Recent Publications (Selected)

Cartographies of Time (with Anthony Grafton), New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

Histories of the Future (ed. with Susan Harding), Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.


Word, in Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data, eds. Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D’Ignazio, and Kristin Veel (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press), 2021, 579–84.

Keyword (Keyword), in Information: Keywords, eds. Michele Kennerly, Samuel Frederick, and Jonathan E. Abel (New York: Columbia University Press), 2021, 121–32.

“Search,” in Information: A Historical Companion, ed. Anthony Grafton, and Anja Silvia Goeing, Ann Blair, and Paul Duguid (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020), 259–86

“Data,” in Information: A Historical Companion, ed. Anthony Grafton, and Anja Silvia Goeing, Ann Blair, and Paul Duguid (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press 2020), 387–92.

“A Map of Language,” Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to Our Digital Era, eds. K√§ren Wigen and Caroline Winterer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020), 127–48

“A Manhattan Project,” in Surprise: 107 Variations on the Unexpected, eds. Metchild Fend, Anke te Heesen, Christine von Oertzen, Fernando Vidal (Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2019), 340–3 and Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture 67 (Winter 2019), 7–10.

“Data as Word,” Historical Studies of the Natural Sciences (November 2018) 48:5: 557–67.

“Date Painting,” LA+ Journal (Fall 2018), 62–7.

“The Art & Illusion of Media History,” Media History 24:1 (2018), 148–53.

“An Archive of Words,” Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures, ed. Lorraine Daston (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 271–310.

“Against Infographics,” Art Journal 75:1 (Winter 2016) (cover article), 38–57.

“Enter Data,” in Katherine Behar, Data’s Entry (Istanbul: Pera Museum, 2016), 14–33.

“The Library in a Nutshell,” Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture 60 (Winter 2016), 33–7.

“Time Offline and On,” For the Sake of Learning, eds. Ann Blair and Anja-Silvia Goeing (Boston: Brill, 2016), 974–997.

"Against Infographics," Art Journal 75, no. 1 (Winter 2016).

"History Debugged" in Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Theodor Nelson, ed. Douglas Dechow and Daniele Struppa (New York: Springer, 2015).

"Whence 'Data'? The Surprising Origins of a Ubiquitous Term," Berlin Journal, 28 (Spring 2015).

"Stop, Words," Representations, 127 (August 2014).

"The Library of the Disaster," Romanic Review 103, no. 4 (May - November 2013).

"Toward a Quantitative History of Data" in Raw Data is an Oxymoron, ed. Lisa Gitelman (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013).

"The End of the Line" in Il Palazzo Enciclopedico: Biennale Arte 2013 (Venice: La Biennale di Venezia, 2013).

"A Graphic Renaissance," with Anthony Grafton, Hedgehog Review 15, no. 1 (Winter 2013).

"On Listening,” in Curiosity and Method, ed. Sina Najafi (New York: Cabinet Books, 2012).