Before moving 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.
He is currently at work on an exploration of future scenarios for libraries in the digital age, entitled The Library After the Book (Harvard), with his metaLAB colleague Matthew Battles. (Other current or future projects are described under the In 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. BZ 18-45, a new museum built under Marcello Piacentini’s Monument to Victory in Bolzano is currently under development with Gruppe Gut Gestaltung and the Sovraintendenza delle Belle Arti del Veneto. It is scheduled to open in late 2013.
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.