Ben Olshin

Associate Professor


Philosophy, History of Science and Technology

Benjamin B. Olshin is an Associate 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 philosophy.

His teaching, research, and other work has taken him all over the world, with stints Sri Lanka, the U.K., Canada, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Ghana, and Indonesia. His areas of teaching and research, is quite broad, including the sociology of technology, Eastern and Western philosophy, industrial design, fine arts, and business practices. His book The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps was published by the University of Chicago Press, and an article about his research recently appeared in Smithsonian magazine.

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 founded and runs a global consultancy, S2R, which has carried out projects in the U.S., Asia, and Europe

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 B.A. in Classical history and languages from Williams College, Dr. Olshin completed an M.A. and Ph.D. at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (I.H.P.S.T.) at the University of Toronto in Canada.