A pioneer in the application of new technologies to history teaching and research, Steven Mintz is the Executive Director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning, which is charged with making a high quality education more affordable and accessible, and using new technologies to improve student learning outcomes. A prize-winning author and teacher, he is a leading authority on the history of families and children. The author and editor of 13 books, his scholarship has received awards from the Association of American Publishers, the Organization of American Historians, and the Texas Institute of Letters. Frequently quoted on family-related issues in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, his scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. His Digital History website, which is used by 150,000 students and teachers every week, has been named one of the Top 5 websites in U.S. history and is included on the National Endowment for the Humanities EdSitement list of exemplary online resources in the humanities.
A former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, he is past president of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online and of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. He also has served as Chair of the Council on Contemporary Families. In addition to his role in the UT System, he is a professor of history at UT Austin. He previously taught at Columbia University, where he also directed the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center; the University of Houston, where he was the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of History; and at Harvard University’s Extension School, Oberlin College, Pepperdine University, and Universitat-GH-Siegen in Germany.