Max Kemman (1987) works at Dialogic as a senior researcher/consultant. He is specifically interested in how science,  scholarship and higher education operate and have an impact on society.  Questions of interest include how scholarship underlies the development of policy, as well as how policy shapes the conduct of scholarship, particularly in the context of Open Science policies. He is furthermore interested in the study of scholarly practices and the evaluation of scholarly impact. Finally, Max is interested in how research infrastructures are established and designed to facilitate scholarship.

Max investigates such questions through mixed-methods and is experienced in both qualitative approaches such as interviews and ethnographic observations, as well as (innovative) quantitative approaches such as bibliometrics, text mining and classification through machine learning.

Max has a background in Artificial Intelligence (Utrecht University BSc, 2009) and Information Science (Utrecht University MSc, 2011). He has investigated the design of digital tools for historical research at Erasmus University Rotterdam. At the University of Luxembourg he conducted PhD research on the cross-disciplinary collaboration between historians and computational experts, leading to a PhD in history (2019).


2019 – now Senior researcher/consultant at Dialogic

2014 – 2019 PhD candidate at University of Luxembourg – Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
2014-2016: FLSHASE – History department
2014-2016: Correspondent for
2014-now: IPSE Doctoral School
2016-now: Trinational Doctoral School (with University of Saarland and Paris-Sorbonne University)
2015-now: Lecturer Introduction to Digital Humanities
2016-now: Co-coordinator Winter School Skills in Digital Methods (for MA and PhD students)
Co-coordinator Digital History Lab

2011 – 2014 Junior researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam – ESHCC – History
Erasmus Studio
Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities
2014: Talk of Europe – Travelling CLARIN Campus
2014: INFINITI – Information Retrieval for Information Services
2011-2014: AXES – Access to Audiovisual Archives
2013: Oral History Today
2012-2013: PoliMedia
★ Open Data Prize winner of Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums Challenge (June 2015)
★ Finalist of Semantic Web Challenge (October 2013)
★ First prize winner of Linked Up Veni Competition (September 2013)

2008 – 2011 Student assistant at SURFfoundation
2011: InContext Visualiser
2009-2011: SURFwiki
2009-2011: Enhanced Publications
2008-2009: Office automation


2014 – 2019 PhD History University of Luxembourg
Thesis: Trading Zones of Digital History
Research question: How are historians affected by interactions with computational experts in the context of digital history collaborations?

2009 – 2011 Master Content and Knowledge Engineering Utrecht University
Thesis: Information scent in bibliographic relations
Research question: How should we represent semantic relations in a bibliographic result set to improve information scent in the exploration stage of a search? 

2006 – 2009 Bachelor Cognitive Artificial Intelligence Utrecht University
Thesis: Does religious faith entail belief? Could an Artificial Intelligence have religious faith?

2000 – 2006 Utrechts Stedelijk Gymnasium
Profiles: Natuur & Gezondheid, Natuur & Techniek