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David J. Staley

David J. Staley

David J. Staley

Associate Professor



210 Dulles Hall
230 Annie & John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Digital History
  • Historiography
  • Public History
  • History of Higher Education
  • Environment, Health, Technology, and Science

David Staley is an associate professor in the Department of History--where he teaches courses in digital history and historical methods--and holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Design--where he has taught courses in Design History and Design Futures--and Educational Studies, where he has led the "Forum on the University."  His is the author of  Visionary Histories (Center for Science and the Imagination, 2022) , a collection of his futures essays; the co-author of Knowledge Towns: Colleges and Universities as Talent Magnets (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023); Historical Imagination (Routledge, 2020); Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019); Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)Computers, Visualization and History, 2nded. (Routledge, 2014) and History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future (Lexington Books, 2007)He is an Honorary Faculty Fellow in Innovation at the Center for Higher Ed Leadership and Innovative Practice (CHELIP) at Bay Path University, and is a Fellow at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.  He is host of the "Voices of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences" podcast. In 2022 he was awarded "Best Freelance Writer" by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists for his "Next" futures column. From 2003-2008, Staley was the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC).  

In the video below Associate Professor David Staley discusses digital history and the future.


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