Before moving permanently to Harvard in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 1999.
A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, his most recent books are The Electric Information Age Book (in collaboration with Adam Michaels [Princeton Architectural Press, 2012]); Italiamerica II (Il Saggiatore, 2012), co-edited with Emanuela Scarpellini; Modernitalia (Peter Lang), a collection of essays on 20th century Italian literature, design, and architecture; and Digital_Humanities (MIT Press), a book co-written with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner.
Forthcoming with Harvard University Press in the spring of 2014 is The Library Beyond the Book, a book co-authored with his metaLAB colleague Matthew Battles that explores future scenarios for libraries in the digital age. (Other current or future projects are described under theIn the Works tab of this website).
His work in the domains of design, digital arts and humanities, and curatorial practice includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. His Trento Tunnels project—a 6000 sq. meter pair of highway tunnels in Northern Italy repurposed as a history museum—was featured in the Italian pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture and at the MAXXI in Rome in RE-CYCLE. Strategie per la casa la città e il pianeta (fall-winter 2011). Panorama of the Cold War, a collaboration with Elisabetta Terragni (Studio Terragni Architetti) and Daniele Ledda (XY comm), was exhibited in the Albanian Pavilion of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture and is currently on exhibit in Erasmus Effect – Architetti italiani all’estero / Italian Architects Abroad at the MAXXI in Rome (Dec. 2013-April 2014). He is also the chief curator of BZ 18-45, a new documentation center built under Marcello Piacentini’s Monument to Victory in Bolzano, scheduled to open in May 2014.
Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he is Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and also on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
He is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard.