Faculty Alumni

Geoff Boeing : Faculty Alumn, Urban Informatics and Planning

Geoff Boeing

Faculty Alumn, Urban Informatics and Planning

g.boeing@northeastern.edu
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Geoff Boeing is assistant professor of urban informatics and planning in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and affiliate faculty in the Network Science Institute. He received his Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Northeastern, he was a postdoc in UC Berkeley’s Urban Analytics Lab.

His research revolves around city planning, urban form, and data science. Recent projects have focused on 1) the nature and character of urban street networks around the world and 2) how data availability shapes our understanding of housing affordability. His research has been covered by ForbesSlateThe Washington PostThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Boston GlobeFast Company, and various other media outlets.

He has also served as a consultant for various planning, policymaking, and public health organizations including Calthorpe Associates, The Public Good Projects, UrbanSim Inc, Accenture, and Raimi & Associates. Read more here.

Élika Ortega : Faculty Alumn, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies

Élika Ortega

Faculty Alumn, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies

e.ortegaguzman@northeastern.edu
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Élika Ortega is a literary and media scholar and a digital humanist. Her work focuses on the intersection of literature, print-digital culture, and global exchanges in the 21st Century. She writes about digital literature, media, materiality, reading practices, global networks, digital humanities, and multilingualism.

Her projects include “A Handbook of E-Lit Reading”, an archive of instructions to read electronic literature works; “No Legacy || Literatura electrónica” (2016) an exhibition of electronic and print literature in Spanish, Portuguese, and English; and Textual Environments, her monograph investigating print-digital works of literature.

Élika serves on several professional organizations. She is chair of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, executive council officer of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and part of the communications team of the Electronic Literature Organization.

Élika keeps close ties with scholars all over the world and often writes for Red de Humanidades Digitales and _laboratorio de literaturas extendidas y otras materialidades_. Read more here.

Benjamin Schmidt : Faculty Alumn, History

Benjamin Schmidt

Faculty Alumn, History

b.schmidt@neu.edu
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Benjamin Schmidt is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University and core faculty at the NuLab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His research interests are in the digital humanities and the intellectual and cultural history of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. His dissertation, “Paying Attention,” described how new ways of measuring attention in early 20th century psychology found unexpected uses in teaching, advertising, and media. His digital humanities research focuses particularly on text mining and the potential of large historical datasets for humanistic research. Recent work in topic modeling, visualization of historic data, and thematic mapping. Read more here.

Sercan Sengun : Faculty Alumn, Art & Design

Sercan Sengun

Faculty Alumn, Art & Design

s.sengun@northeastern.edu
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Dr. Sercan Sengun is a researcher, teacher, and game designer, exploring phenomena at the intersections of video game studies, gamer communities, cultural informatics, virtual identities, and interactive narratives. In the past, he conducted postdoctoral research as a part of MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), MIT ICE Lab (Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory), and Qatar Computing Research Institute, and taught graduate and undergraduate game design courses at Bahcesehir University and Istanbul Bilgi University. Read more here.

Graduate Alumni

Hanyu Chwe : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, Network Science

Hanyu Chwe

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, Network Science

hanyu@chwe.net
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Hanyu is a first year PhD student working both in the LAZER Lab and with Professor Donghee Jo. He graduated with a degree in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College in 2016. He is interested in texts, maps, social networks and broadly exploring the interdisciplinary nature of network science. 

Rachel E. Molko : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, English

Rachel E. Molko

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, English

molko.r@husky.neu.edu
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Rachel wrapped up her M.A. in Writing and Rhetoric at University of Central Florida and is now a first-year Ph.D. candidate with NEU's English Department. Her thesis, "Rewriting Patriarchal Norms in Academia: Invitational Rhetoric in a Crowdsourced Survey," explores how the artifact served as a feminist discursive space by showcasing narratives that counter the status quo in academic workspaces. She plans to continue exploring feminist rhetorical practice throughout her time at Northeastern.

Molly Nebiolo : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, History

Molly Nebiolo

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, History

nebiolo.m@husky.neu.edu
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Molly Nebiolo is a third year PhD candidate in the History program. She completed her bachelor's degree in both history and biology from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Coming from a background of over four years' experience working as an IT Technician, Molly enjoys the multitude of interdisciplinary applications that come with working in the digital humanities, with their uses for her own work and as pedagogical frameworks for the classroom.

Alanna M Prince : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, English

Alanna M Prince

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, English

prince.a@husky.neu.edu
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Alanna Prince is a PhD student in the English Department at Northeastern University. Her work centers around 20th and 21st century Black literature with a focus on gender and sexuality, decolonization, and visual culture.  Prince acts the Project Manager of the Early Caribbean Digital Archive where she takes a particular interest in metadata and meta-archival discourses as well as the potentials of remix and re-assemblage of material in the archive as a pedagogical tool. She also is also developing a website for Dr. Moya Bailey's #HashtagActivism research.

Alexis Yohros : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Alexis Yohros

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2018-19, Criminology & Criminal Justice

yohros.a@husky.neu.edu
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Alexis Yohros is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Harvard Rappaport Public Policy Fellow. She does research on youth violence, juvenile justice, and evidence-based crime prevention.

Kenny Oravetz : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

Kenny Oravetz

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

oravetz.k@husky.neu.edu
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Kenneth (Kenny) Oravetz is a first year PhD student in the English department. His research focuses on visual narratives, structural experimentation in comics form, and representation of space and place. Kenny is involved in projects through the Women Writer's Project (WWP).

Sarah Payne : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

Sarah Payne

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

payne.s@husky.neu.edu
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Sarah is a PhD candidate in literature at Northeastern. Her research interests include gender and sexuality studies, modernism, critical race theory, and literature of the US South. Her dissertation, “Women Writing Racelessness: Performativity and Racial Absence in Twentieth Century Women’s Writing,” analyzes both historical and discursive attempts by women to opt out of racial identification. In addition to her NULab fellowship, Sarah also provides support and training for CERES, a Northeastern supported platform for creating digital archives.

Bill Quinn : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

Bill Quinn

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

quinn.wi@husky.neu.edu
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Bill Quinn is a PhD candidate in the English department, specializing in modernism and twentieth century periodicals. His dissertation examines the changing role of readers as they became more active in the production of print culture by writing letters to the editors of magazines and communicating with advertisers. In addition to working as a fellow in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Bill is also the TAPAS Project Coordinator, a research assistant for the Historical and Multilingual OCR Project, and an encoder for the Women Writers Project.

Lara Rose : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

Lara Rose

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2017-18, English

roberts.l@husky.neu.edu
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Lara Rose recently traded her home in the Rocky Mountains for a city built by the sea. From here (Boston), she studies historical and literary evidence of mental illness, racism, and oppression, and how those systemic issues affect American ideals of home and family. When she isn't studying for her comprehensive exams, she works on her forthcoming children's book in which a small furry creature, the Little Bump Cat, explores ideas of anxiety, adventure, and belonging.

Lucas da Silva Almeida : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, Network Science

Lucas da Silva Almeida

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, Network Science

almeida.lu@husky.neu.edu
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Lucas da Silva is a PhD student in the Network Science Program. He is also working on his thesis for the Masters program of Complex Systems Modelling at the University of São Paulo. His bachelors is in Political Science from the University of Brasilia. He also has worked for four years as a Policy Advisor at the National Chamber of Deputies in Brazil. Research interests are in the overlap of Complexity and Public Policy, which include modelling the dynamics of parliaments or how systems of government affect economic growth

Benjamin J. Doyle : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, English

Benjamin J. Doyle

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, English

doyle.ben@husky.neu.edu
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Benjamin J. Doyle is a PhD candidate in English at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the nineteenth-century Atlantic world, human rights, and textual interface. Ben is currently project manager for the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) and developer for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ecda).

Stefan McCabe : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, Network Science

Stefan McCabe

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, Network Science

mccabe.s@husky.neu.edu
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Stefan joined the Network Science Ph.D. Program in 2016 and has a joint appointment with the Lazer Lab and and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. He holds a BA in Government and International Politics and an MA in Computational Social Science from George Mason University. His prior research includes work on agent-based economics and optimizing agent-based models in high-performance computing environments. His research interests include political communication, the intersection of network science and agent-based modeling, and natural language processing.

Elizabeth Polcha : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, English

Elizabeth Polcha

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2016-17, English

polcha.e@husky.neu.edu
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Fields: Early American and Caribbean literature; Digital Humanities; Atlantic Studies; Feminist Theory

Liz Polcha is a PhD candidate in the English department, specializing in early American and early Caribbean literature. Her dissertation, "The Sable Curtain: Redaction and the Exchange of Women in Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Print Culture," theorizes the redaction of interracial sexual encounters in colonial Caribbean writing. In addition to her appointment as fellow in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Liz also serves as the Research and Metadata Lead for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, and as a Research and Encoding Specialist for the Women Writers Project.

David DeCamp : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, History

David DeCamp

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, History

decamp.d@husky.neu.edu
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Fields: Modern British Empire; Urban Historical Geography; Digital History/Humanities

David DeCamp is a Ph.D. candidate in World History at Northeastern University. His proposed dissertation explores the connections between the visual display of exotic animals in London's popular and visual culture and British Imperialism overseas during the interwar period. He has worked on digital projects such as Around DH in 80 Days, Our Marathon, and Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Digital Humanities for the Women Writer's project.

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, English

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, English

fitzgerald.jo@husky.neu.edu
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Fields: Literary Journalism, 20th Century American Literature, Digital Humanities

Jonathan Fitzgerald (Fitz) is a second year PhD student in the English Department, a research assistant for the Global Viral Texts Project, and managing editor of DHQ. His interests include Literary Journalism, 20th century American literature, and Digital Humanities. His current research focuses on using classification methods to identify genres in digital newspaper archives. Before enrolling at Northeastern, Jonathan worked as a freelance web developer and journalist, with articles and essays appearing in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and others.

Website: www.jonathandfitzgerald.com

Abby Mullen : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, History

Abby Mullen

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, History

mullen.ab@husky.neu.edu
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Abby Mullen is a PhD student in world history. Her general fields of interest are the early American republic and Atlantic history. Her special area of focus is the early American navy, particularly in the age of sail. Her projected dissertation topic analyzes the American navy's diplomatic and military roles in the Mediterranean from 1800-1815. She is also interested in how to use the tools of digital humanities in pedagogy, both in and out of the classroom. She blogs at abbymullen.org, and is on Twitter @abbymullen. She works on the Viral Texts project at the NULab.

Gregory Palermo : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, English

Gregory Palermo

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, English

palermo.g@husky.neu.edu
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Gregory Palermo is a PhD student in English at Northeastern University. Having majored in literature and physics while pursuing his bachelor’s degree as an Edgar Fellow at SUNY Geneseo, Greg takes pleasure in applying his computational background to rhetoric and the arts. Greg works as a Graduate Assistant at the Digital Scholarship Group, the Project Manager for the Thoreau Journal Drawings Project, and a Research and Teaching Assistant in Women’s, Gender, And Sexuality Studies. His current research interests include Text Analysis, Data Modeling, Citation Analysis, Writing for the Sciences, and Masculinities.

Sarah Shugars : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, Network Science

Sarah Shugars

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, Network Science

shugars.s@husky.neu.edu
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Sarah Shugars is a Ph.D. student in Network Science. She received her BA in Physics from Clark University, where she graduated Cum Laude in 2004. She received her MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College in 2009, and participated in Tisch College's Summer Institute of Civic Studies in 2013. An active member of the Somerville, MA community, Sarah serves as clerk of The Welcome Project board and on the board of the OPENAIR Circus. Sarah is interested in applying network science to questions of civil society and political deliberation.

Matthew Simonson : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, Network Science

Matthew Simonson

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2015-16, Network Science

simonson.m@husky.neu.edu
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Matt joined the Network Science Ph.D. Program in 2015 and has a joint appointment with the Lazer Lab and and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. As a member of the political science track, his research interests include modeling civil war, ethnic cleansing, and humanitarian crises with a mixture of data mining and field work. Prior to Northeastern, Matt worked and interned at two peacebuidling organizations, Seeds of Peace and Search for Common Ground, and taught high school math at Milton Academy in Boston, where he was awarded an Innovation Fund grant to develop a course on game theory and social choice called, "Math, Politics, and Society." He received his B.A. at Williams College, where he studied math and international studies and graduated Cum Laude in 2008. His work, “The Isoperimetric Problem on Euclidean, Spherical, and Hyperbolic Surfaces" was published in the Journal of the Korean Mathematical Society (2011).

Michael Foley : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, Network Science

Michael Foley

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, Network Science

foley.mic@husky.neu.edu
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Michael's broad research interests lie in the overlap between complex systems and the social sciences. In particular, he is interested in how rational local decisions and interactions can produce unintended and emergent system behavior. Michael has a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, where he did research in computational finance and agent based modeling. Currently, he is working with Chris Riedl to research the effect of different communication networks on a group's ability to solve problems.

Devin Gaffney : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, Network Science

Devin Gaffney

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, Network Science


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Devin was previously a lead developer at a startup leveraging social network data in Portland Oregon. He holds a MSc in Social Science of the Internet from Oxford University's Internet Institute, and attended Bennington College for undergrad. His primary interests orbit around the information that people leave behind on the Internet, what that information can provide in explaining human behavior, and by what methods can this data be interrogated.

Website: http://devingaffney.com/

Carolina Mattsson : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, Network Science

Carolina Mattsson

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, Network Science

mattsson.c@husky.neu.edu
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Carolina is studying how network science and digital traces can be applied to study political science and, more specifically, international development. She comes from a background in both Physics and International Relations. Currently, she is working as a research assistant for Professor David Lazer on various projects.

Kevin Smith : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, English

Kevin Smith

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2014-15, English

smith.kevin1@husky.neu.edu
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Kevin Smith is a PhD student in the English Department at Northeastern University. His interests include rhetoric and composition, digital humanities, new media, and digital literacy. His research examines constructions of community in digital archival projects. Most recently, he has served as project manager for the Boston City Archives Collection of Our Marathon. He also works as a research assistant on the Viral Texts project (http://web.northeastern.edu/nulab/infectious-texts/), which examines patterns of reprinting in 19th century periodicals.

Website: http://kevingeraldsmith.com/

Jeffrey Cottrell : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

Jeffrey Cottrell

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

cottrell.j@husky.neu.edu
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Jeffrey was a Ph.D. candidate at Northeastern University. His dissertation “Remapping the Politics of Space: Antebellum Countergeographies and Print, 1790-1861,” considers how antebellum texts, maps, and other media produced by Native Americans and African Americans imagined alternative spatial configurations to establish political self-determination against the widespread displacements associated with national expansion. His research interests include early American and Native American literatures, critical space theory, and western colonialism. When not writing, he enjoys building up his record collection and hanging out with his cat.

Elizabeth Hopwood : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

Elizabeth Hopwood

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

el.hopwood@neu.edu
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Elizabeth Hopwood is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Northeastern University studying C19 transatlantic literature and the Digital Humanities. Her dissertation, "Eating the Atlantic: Race, Gender, and Gastronomic Borders in 19th Century U.S. and Caribbean Literature," examines foodways nineteenth century U.S. and Caribbean novels and slave narratives. Most recently she has worked as a research assistant on Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive; the Women Writer's Project; and the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.

James McGrath : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

James McGrath

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

james_mcgrath@brown.edu
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Jim McGrath was a Ph.D. candidate in English at Northeastern University. His dissertation examines contemporary American poetry, new media, and archival practices. His research interests include new media, digital poetics, digital archives, and Internet culture. He was a project director on Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, and he ran the Twitter account for The NULab. He's also served as the bibliographic developer for Digital Humanities Quarterly. Recreational projects include floating around Weird Twitter under various pseudonyms and very occasionally blogging here (and even less occasionally here).

Website: http://jimmcgrath.us/

Alicia Peaker : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

Alicia Peaker

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English


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Alicia is currently a Postdoc in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College. She successfully defended my dissertation, which was an eco-feminist project that explores how women writing in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century contributed to ecological discourses through discussions of the natural world and nationalism.

She has also worked as the Project Co-Director for Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, the Project Manager for The Women Writers Project, and the Development Editor for GradHacker.

Website: https://about.me/aliciapeaker

Kate Templeton : Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English

Kate Templeton

Graduate Fellow Alumn 2013-14, English


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Kate Templeton is a PhD Candidate in English at Northeastern University. Her dissertation examines the intersection of documentary photographic practices with modern American literature amid the Depression-era culture of the 1930¹s. Kate¹s research interests include Marxist aesthetic theory, network analysis, and visual culture. When not elbow deep in archives, she can be found flitting around Twitter and blogging for NULab about the pleasures and challenges of writing and research in the digital age.