Ben Olshin

Professor, Critical Studies Program

Benjamin B. Olshin is a PhD and Fulbright scholar with over a decade of experience in education, research, international consulting and design work in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America. His areas of expertise include the sociology of science and technology, Eastern / Western philosophy, design, and cross-cultural management.

He has an extensive global background and is multi-lingual, with facility in French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese. Ben has published and presented work in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan. His most recent books include Deciphering Reality: Simulations, Tests and Designs (Leiden: Brill, 2017), about physics, philosophy and the nature of reality, and Lost Knowledge: The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories (Leiden: Brill, 2019), about how myth and other narrative forms attempt to describe technological ideas ranging from flight to remote communication.

Recent Courses:

  • SCIE 217 | Death and Ritual 
  • SCIE 220 | Visual Physics
  • SCIE 207 | Technology, Culture, and Society