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Jo GuldiProfessor | QTM


Because we all live in an era of climate change, Dr. Jo Guldi mostly thinks in terms of the history of land and water: who got evicted; who controlled the water; how land was mapped, owned, connected, and used, and what stories we tell about those displacements that have shaped the world that came after. She is also a scholar of history who uses machine learning, statistics, and other big-data methods to approach the traditional concerns of the humanities. Before joining Emory, Dr. Jo Guldi  served as Associate Professor of History at Southern Methodist University and was also previously Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History at Brown.


  • Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • AB Literature, Magna cum Laude, Harvard College, 2000


Most of Jo Guldi's research follows themes like the history of the state and the experience of the landscape as they flow through Britain. Her first book, Roads to Power, examined Britain’s inter-kingdom highway system from 1740 to 1848. Her next monograph, The Long Land War, tells the history of ideas about ending eviction, especially around the mid-century rise of “land reform” at the United Nations and its satellites. Dr. Guldi's work has steadily moved forward in time and broader in geography to focus on the history of British ideas about property rights, land law, and agronomy in international governance and economic development.

Published Work


Dr. Guldi's latest book, published by Cambridge University Press, describes how a smarter data science is possible through the use of algorithms that treat humanists' concerns about the bias of sources and historians' concerns for the modeling of temporal experience.

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