Robert Townsend

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Robert oversees the work of the Academy's Washington office and the Humanities Indicators project. He is the author of History's Babel: Scholarship, Professionalization and the Historical Enterprise, 1880–1940 (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and over 200 articles on various aspects of history, higher education, and electronic publishing in publications ranging from Perspectives on History and AHA Today to the Chronicle Review and A Different Kind of Web (Society of American Archivists, 2011). He received his PhD from George Mason University in 2009. Specialties: history profession, higher education, publishing, new media