Benjamin B. Olshin is the director of the School of Design and professor of Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Design at the University of the Arts. His areas of teaching cover a wide range, including Western and Eastern philosophy, the history and sociology of technology, cultural anthropology, physics, design history, fine arts and business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Olshin’s teaching, research and other work has taken him all over the world, with stints in Sri Lanka, the U.K., Canada, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Ghana and Indonesia. His book on the history of cartography in relation to the voyages of Marco Polo was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014 and articles about his research have appeared in the press in North America and Europe.
Outside of academia, Dr. Olshin has consulted extensively in the areas of cross-cultural communication and international management, as well as branding and design.
He has received a number of grants, including a Fulbright to carry out cartographical research in Portugal; a grant to study art, archaeology and history in Turkey; a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to study culture, education and philosophy in Ghana, West Africa; and a second NEH grant to study Chinese philosophy at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.
Following a BA in Classical History and Languages from Williams College, Dr. Olshin completed an MA and PhD at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto in Canada.