Dr. Myron Gutmann is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, leading NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. Dr. Gutmann spearheaded NSF’s initiative to improve access to publications and data. From 2001 to 2009 he was Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, the world’s largest repository of publicly available data in the social and behavioral sciences. Dr. Gutmann was also Professor of History and Information and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He has written or edited five books and more than ninety articles and chapters.
Dr. Gutmann is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on numerous advisory committees and editorial boards. His broad range of interests include interdisciplinary historical studies, especially relating population to agriculture, the environment, and health. He is widely known for his research on the demographic history of Early Modern and Modern Europe and for his large-scale research program on the relationship between population and environment in the Great Plains of the United States. Dr. Gutmann also studies ways that digital materials can be properly preserved and shared, and how the confidentiality of research subjects can be protected when data about them is made available for secondary use. He teaches about historical demography and about the social, demographic, environmental and economic history of Europe and the Americas. Dr. Gutmann received his PhD from Princeton University.