Myron P. GutmannMyron P. Gutmann

Research Professor, ICPSR;
Professor, Department of History;
Professor, School of Information

Brief Biography

Dr. Gutmann has a broad range of interests in interdisciplinary historical population studies, especially relating population to agricultural, the environment, and health. He 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, and economic history of Europe and the Americas.

Recent Publications


National Research Council. 2007. Putting People on the Map: Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data. Ed. Myron P. Gutmann and Paul Stern. Washington: National Academy Press.

Benedict, P., and M.P. Gutmann, eds. 2006. Early Modern Europe: From Crisis to Stability. University of Delaware Press.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Gutmann, M.P., and Vincenzo Field. 2010. "Katrina in Historical Context: Environment and Migration in the U.S." Population and Environment 31: 3-19.

Gutmann, M.P., M. Abrahamson, M. O. Adams, M. Altman, C. Arms, K. Bollen, M. Carlson, J. Crabtree, D. Donakowski, G. King, J. Lyle, M. Maynard, A. Pienta, R. Rockwell, L. Timms-Ferrara, and C. Young. 2009. "From Preserving the Past to Preserving the Future: The Data-PASS Project and the Challenges of Preserving Digital Social Science Data." Library Trends 57: 315-337.

Lazer, D., A. Pentland, L. Adamic, S. Aral, A.-L. Barabási, D. Brewer, N. Christakis, N. Contractor, J. Fowler, M. Gutmann, T. Jebara, G. King, M. Macy, D. Roy, and M. Van Alstyne. 2009. "Social Science: Computational Social Science." Science 323 (6 Feb.): 721-23. Supporting material at

Alter, G., K. Mandemakers, and M. P. Gutmann. 2009. "Defining and Distributing Longitudinal Historical Data in a General Way through an Intermediate Structure." Historical Social Research. 34(3): 78-114.

Gutmann, M.P., K. Witkowski, C. Colyer, J.M. O'Rourke, and J. McNally. 2008. "Providing Spatial Data for Secondary Analysis: Issues and Current Practices relating to Confidentiality." Population Research and Policy Review 27:639-665.

Green, A. G., and M.P. Gutmann. 2007. Building Partnerships Among Social Science Researchers, Institution-based Repositories and Domain Specific Data Archives. OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives 23:35-53.

Skop, E., B. Gratton and M.P. Gutmann. 2006. "La Frontera and Beyond: Geography and Demography in Mexicano History." The Professional Geographer. 58:78-98.

Leonard, S.H., and M.P. Gutmann. 2006. Isolated Elderly in the U.S. Great Plains: The Roles of Environment and Demography in Creating a Vulnerable Population. Annales de Démographie Historique, 81-108.

Alter, G., and M.P. Gutmann. 2006. "Belgian Historical Demography as Viewed from North America: Protoindustrialization, Fertility Decline, and the Use of Population Registers." Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis - Revue belge d'histoire contemporaine. XXXV (2005): 523-546.

Leonard, S.H., and M.P. Gutmann. 2006. 'The farm should provide our retirement:' Land-use plans in the aging farm population of the U.S. Great Plains. Great Plains Research 16: 181-193.

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