Simon Schama is university professor of art history and history at Columbia University. Before coming to Columbia, he taught history at Cambridge from 1966-76, Oxford from 1976-1980, and art history and history at Harvard from 1980-1993.

He has written 14 books, including Landscape and Memory (1995), Rough Crossings (2005),The American Future (2009) and The Story of the Jews, Volume I: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE-1492 CE (2013).

Since 1990, he has written and presented more than 30 documentaries on art and history for the BBC.He first garnered public attention for his 15-part BBC series A History of Britain (2000-2002), which won numerous awards. His other TV credits include the BBC's Emmy-winning eight-part Power of Art (2006 — BAFTA nomination for the Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual).

From 1995-98, Schama was art critic and cultural essayist for The New Yorker, which earned him the National Magazine Award in 1996.

Last Updated: August 21, 2017