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Benjamin Benus

Associate Professor of Art and Design History


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

M.S., Pratt Institute

B.F.A., Pratt Institute.


  • College of Music and Media
  • Department of Art
  • Design


  • Visual Arts


Benjamin Benus specializes in the history of twentieth-century art and design, with a focus on Central Europe in the years between the world wars. His research examines connections between avant-garde art, scientific illustration, and data visualization during this period. His publications include “Figurative Constructivism and Sociological Graphics,” in Isotype: Design and Contexts (Hyphen Press, 2013); “The Vienna Method in Amsterdam: Peter Alma’s Office for Pictorial Statistics,” co-authored with Wim Jansen in Design Issues (MIT Press, 2016); and “Otto Neurath’s Social History of Art,” in Creative Collaboration in Art, Practice, Research and Pedagogy (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018). His current project, “Making Maps Modern,” explores modern artists’ contributions to the design of geographic atlases in the mid-twentieth century.




“Figurative constructivism and sociological graphics,” which appeared as a chapter in the volume Isotype: design and contexts (Hyphen Press, 2013)

“The Vienna Method in Amsterdam: Peter Alma’s Office for Pictorial Statistics" (co-authored with Wim Jansen), which appeared in the spring 2016 issue of Design Issues(MIT Press).