Geoffrey Nunberg

Late Adjunct Professor


The theory, history and social role of "information."

Research areas


In memory of Geoffrey Nunberg

The School of Information is sad to announce that Geoff Nunberg passed away on August 11, 2020.

Geoff Nunberg Obituary

Thoughts & Memories Shared by Geoff’s Friends & Colleagues

 Full bio here.

Current Research

In my I School hat, I work on the theory, history, and cultural implications of information and information technologies. I co-teach two courses with Paul Duguid every spring: an undergraduate course on the History of Information and a graduate course on Concepts of Information. (I also taught a course a couple of years ago on the language of public discourse, which I'd love to do again some time.) In various other hats, I do research on natural-language semantics and pragmatics and the structure of written language, and do general-interest writing on language, culture, technology and other topics in various periodicals, as well as a regular feature on the NPR program "Fresh Air."

More about me and my books and publications at my all-purpose home page


BA, Columbia, 1971
MA, Penn 1972
PhD, CUNY 1978