Elizabeth Maddock Dillon : Co-Director, Professor

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Co-Director, Professor

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Fields: Early American literature, Atlantic colonialism, the early novel, feminist theory, political theory, aesthetics, transatlantic print culture, Caribbean literature, and early American drama.

Recent Publications: New World Drama: Theatre of the Atlantic, 1660-1850, Duke University Press

Current Projects: I study print and performance in the 18th-century Atlantic World. I’m interested in thinking about the theatre as a cultural commons; I’m also working on a project about geography, sex, race, and reproduction, especially in the early Caribbean. Read more here.

David Lazer : Co-Director

David Lazer


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Professor Lazer is a professor of political science and computer and information science and the co-director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Before joining the Northeastern faculty in fall 2009, he was an associate professor of public policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Program on Networked Governance. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. Professor Lazer’s research centers on social networks; governance, or how the patterns of institutional relations yield functional or dysfunctional systems; and technology and its use in communication. An authority on social networks, he has written several papers on the diffusion of information among interest groups and between these groups and the government. He is the co-editor of Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government and also written extensively on the use of DNA in the criminal justice system. Read more here.

Moya Bailey : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

Moya Bailey

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Dr. Moya Bailey is an assistant professor in the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and the program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on Black women’s use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities (DH). She is a monthly sustainer of the Allied Media Conference, through which she is able to bridge her passion for social justice and her work in DH. Read more here.

Aleszu Bajak : Adjunct Professor, Journalism, CAMD

Aleszu Bajak

Adjunct Professor, Journalism, CAMD

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Aleszu is an adjunct professor in the School of Journalism, where he teaches digital storytelling, data journalism, radio reporting and web design and edits Storybench, a "behind the scenes" guide to digital storytelling and innovation in media. His research interests include the impacts of technology on mass media and the interface between journalists, designers and developers. In 2015, he launched and edited Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine. In 2013, he was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at M.I.T. Prior to that, he was a producer for public radio's Science Friday. He writes for outlets like M.I.T. Technology Review, the Boston Globe Magazine, the Washington Post and Undark. Read more here.

Nick Beauchamp : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

Nick Beauchamp

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Fields: Political behavior; political opinion and psychology; Congress; social media; networks; automated text analysis; machine learning.

My work examines how political opinions form and change as a result of discussion, deliberation, and argument.  I use techniques from machine learning, automated text analysis, and social network analysis to understand how complex linguistic data affect, shape, and reveal beliefs in a variety of domains, such as legislatures, political ads, social media, and judicial decisions.  I am currently studying how conceptual networks differ by ideology, and how the propagation of phrases and talking points reveal hidden social networks and political strategies. Read more here.

Cameron Blevins : Assistant Professor of History

Cameron Blevins

Assistant Professor of History

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Cameron Blevins is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University studying the nineteenth-century United States, the American West, and digital history. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he worked at the Spatial History Project and Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), after which he was a postdoctoral fellow in Rutgers University’s history department and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. His project, Gossamer Network, presents a spatial interpretation of the western United States and the American state by mapping the sprawling infrastructure of the nation’s nineteenth-century postal network. Some of his broader interests include geography, communications, gender history and information visualization. Read more here.

Jay Cephas : Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism

Jay Cephas

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism

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Jay Cephas studies the effects of large socio-economic forces on cities by analyzing both ordinary and critical spatial practices to recover the latent knowledges that are transmitted through the bodies and buildings of urban environments. In Fordism and the City, Jay deploys this framework to examine the agonism structuring Fordism and urbanization in early twentieth-century Detroit. Jay’s latest research turns to data visualization to document, analyze, and visualize the intersection of marginalized communities with urban theory and practice. As part of this research, Jay is theorizing W.E.B. Du Bois' late-nineteenth-century demographic maps as objects of racial resistance and is also building an interactive repository of architectural practice that maps the genealogy of black architects from the nineteenth century to the present.

Prior to Northeastern, Jay was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. Jay holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism from Harvard University and an M.Arch. from the University of Detroit Mercy. Jay is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education.

Michelle Borkin : Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

Michelle Borkin

Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

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Fields: Visualization (information and scientific), human-computer interaction (HCI), medical imaging and radiology, astrophysics, and cognition and perception

I work on the development of novel visualization techniques and tools to enable new insights and discoveries in data. I work across disciplines to bring together computer scientists, doctors, and astronomers to collaborate on new analysis and visualization techniques, and cross-fertilize techniques across disciplines. My research has resulted in the development of novel computer assisted diagnostics in cardiology, scalable visualization solutions for large network data sets, and novel astrophysical visualization tools and discoveries. My main research interests include information and scientific visualization, hierarchical and multidimensional data representations, network visualization, visualization cognition, user interface design, human computer interaction (HCI), and evaluation methodologies. Read more here.

Matthew Carroll : Professor of the Practice in Journalism

Matthew Carroll

Professor of the Practice in Journalism

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor of the practice at Northeastern University. Previously he ran the Knight Foundation-funded Future of News initiative at the MIT Media Lab, where he ran conferences on thorny issues confronting journalism and worked with students to help create tools for newsrooms. Before that, he worked for 26 years at the Boston Globe, specializing in data storytelling. He was a member of the Spotlight team, the newsroom’s investigative unit, when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for its coverage of the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal. That story was turned into the movie “Spotlight,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture. Read more here.

Ryan Cordell : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

Ryan Cordell

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Fields: Digital Humanities; nineteenth-century American literature; history of the book; print culture; periodical studies; new media history; religion and literature; American religious history

My work focuses on intersections between religion and fiction in nineteenth-century American mass media. I am currently developing a comparative, digital edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Celestial Railroad" at celestialrailroad.org. I am also collaborating with NULab faculty David Smith and Elizabeth Dillon on a second project, Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals, which seeks to develop theoretical models describing what qualities, both textual and thematic, helped news stories, fiction, and poetry “go viral” in nineteenth-century America. I am a founding board member of centerNet's DHCommons Initiative, which is an online hub focused on matching digital humanities projects seeking assistance with scholars interested in project collaboration. I also contribute to the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more here.

Pedro Miguel Cruz : Assistant Professor, Information Visualization

Pedro Miguel Cruz

Assistant Professor, Information Visualization

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Pedro Cruz is a data visualization designer who explores new metaphoric and figurative ways to visualize information. He holds a PhD in Information Science and Technology from the University of Coimbra, with a dissertation on “Semantic Figurative Metaphors in Information Visualization.” Prior to arriving at Northeastern, Pedro was an Invited Assistant Professor for 5 years at the University of Coimbra, teaching courses that connect design with technology. He was a researcher at the Computational Design and Visualization Lab/CDV, advising master students and leading visualization initiatives. He was a Visiting PhD Student at MIT Senseable City Lab in Cambridge and Singapore, working on visualization for cities. Prior to that, he collaborated regularly with design studio FBA on new media design, where he learned how to be a designer.

His work was featured in several exhibitions around the world such as London Design Biennale, Ibero-American Biennale of Design, CES, MoMA’s Talk to Me, and SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival as well as in magazines such as Fast Company (Co.Design & Co.Create) and Wired (US & UK), and in specialized books. Pedro enjoys sharing his vision on information visualization, and has given several lectures and presentations in the United States, Brazil, France, Spain, and Portugal. Read more here.

Cody Dunne : Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

Cody Dunne

Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

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Cody Dunne is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. He works at the intersection of information visualization, network science, human-computer interaction, and computer science. Cody focuses on techniques for making data easier to analyze and share, as well as the application of visualization techniques to real-world problems. He is currently researching ways to improve the readability of network visualizations as well as developing the next generation of tools for visually exploring, sharing and collaborating around data and analysis workflows.

Some domains Cody has worked on include visualizing concepts from medical records, the spread of infectious diseases, citations in academic literature, interactions of people and organizations, relationships in archaeological dig sites, news term co-occurrence, thesaurus category relationships, municipal energy use and computer network traffic flow. Cody’s research interests include information visualization, visual analytics, graph & network visualization, data workflows, data & analytic provenance, human-computer interaction (HCI), and personal health informatics.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Cody was a research scientist in IBM Watson Health, IBM Watson, and IBM Research. Cody received his PhD and M.S. degrees in computer science under Ben Shneiderman at the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab in 2013 and 2009, respectively. Cody earned a B.A. degree in computer science and mathematics from Cornell College in 2007. Read more here.

Julia Flanders : Core Faculty, Professor of the Practice; Interim Co-Director

Julia Flanders

Core Faculty, Professor of the Practice; Interim Co-Director

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Julia Flanders is a Professor of the Practice of English and Director of the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University, where she also directs the Women Writers Project. She serves as editor in chief of Digital Humanities Quarterly, and has also served as chair of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, as president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and as secretary of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. She received BA degrees from Harvard University and Cambridge University, and a PhD in English from Brown University. From 1993 to 2013 she worked at Brown University at the Women Writers Project and as a member of the Scholarly Technology Group. Her research interests include scholarly text encoding, textual editing, and humanities data modeling. Read more here.

Meg Heckman : Assistant Professor of Journalism

Meg Heckman

Assistant Professor of Journalism

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Before joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Meg Heckman was a lecturer in the journalism program at the University of New Hampshire, serving as a faculty fellow at the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and teaching classes on reporting, editing, digital storytelling and entrepreneurial journalism. Her recent work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe, Media Report to Women and USA Today. She contributed chapters to “A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics,” co-authored “We Went to War: New Hampshire Remembers” and uncovered the little-known backstory of the first women to win Pulitzer prizes as part of a series celebrating the prizes’ centennial. While at UNH, she co-produced the university’s first MOOC. It was focused on the New Hampshire presidential primary and attracted more than 2,000 participants from around the world.

She’s a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association, has served twice as a Pulitzer juror and is the New England regional captain for the Journalism and Women Symposium. She loves telling great stories about pretty much anything, but her favorite topics are gender, politics, and technology. She holds a bachelors degree in English from UNH and a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern. Her graduate thesis – Where the Women Are: Measuring Female Leadership in the New Journalism Ecology – is the foundation for her ongoing work to ensure that the future of journalism is crafted by diverse practitioners who understand the importance of finding and telling inclusive stories. Read more here.

Donghee Jo : Assistant Professor of Economics

Donghee Jo

Assistant Professor of Economics

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Donghee Jo is assistant professor of economics, and affiliated faculty member of the Network Science Institute. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes in political economy and media economics, and the current primary focus of his research is the causes, consequences, and potential remedies of political polarization. Read more here.

Sarah Kanouse : Associate Professor, Media Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts

Sarah Kanouse

Associate Professor, Media Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts

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Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist and writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. Her research-based creative projects trace the production of landscape through ecological, historical, and legal forces, particularly focusing on the environmental and cultural effects of military activities. Her award-winning, feature-length film, Around Crab Orchard, addresses how the politics of conservation and environmental justice are imbricated with military and penal economies deeply in an American wildlife refuge. She is one half of the National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation service, a ‘wishful’ government agency addressing the cultural and ecological impacts of nuclear militarism, and a core member of Compass, an art collaborative currently staging a series of performative hearings into the intergenerational and inter-species impacts of industrial agriculture on regional and global systems. Working with Nicholas Brown, she recently published the photo-text book Re-Collecting Black Hawk, addressing landscapes of settler commemoration in the Midwest. Her work has been screened or exhibited at Documenta 13, the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, the Cooper Union, the Smart Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and in numerous festivals and spaces at such institutions as CUNY Graduate Center, George Mason University, University of California Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin. She has written extensively about performative and site-based contemporary art practices in Art JournalAcme, Leonardo, and Parallax, and in the books Critical LandscapesArt Against the Law, and Mapping Environmental Issues in the City. She is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Northeastern University. Read more here.

Ang Li : Assistant Professor, Architecture

Ang Li

Assistant Professor, Architecture

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Ang is an architect and Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. She holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. Her research and creative practice operates between the fields of architecture and historic preservation to investigate alternative heritage practices and collective forms of memory maintenance in the contemporary building industry. Her work ranges from public installations that engage the indexical agency of building materials to collaborative research centered around the development of accessible and interactive architectural archives. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, she was a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo. Read more here.

Alan Mislove : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

Alan Mislove

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Fields: Systems issues in online social networks; user privacy in online social networks; addressing multiple-idetity (Sybil) attacks; deriving insights from large-scale online social network data

My research interests revolve around understanding the security and privacy implications of emerging online services. We're interested in problems including algorithm auditing of large-scale systems, better understanding the (in)security of the SSL ecosystem, and how to better design cloud computing systems to meet end users' needs. Read more here.

Alicia Sasser Modestino : Associate Professor, Economics & School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Associate Professor, Economics & School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Fields: Labor Market Dynamics, Skills Mismatch, Youth Labor Market Attachment, Migration, Housing, Health Care Reform, Regional Economic Analysis

Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino is an associate professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics. Previously, Modestino was a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she lead numerous research projects on regional economic and policy issues for the New England Public Policy Center. In that role, she frequently advised policymakers and business leaders and testified on key pieces of legislation related to labor market policies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association. Read more here.

Laura K. Nelson : Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Laura K. Nelson

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

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Laura K. Nelson is a sociologist who uses computational methods to study social movements, culture, gender, institutions, and the history of feminism. Using computer-assisted texts analysis and network analysis, her dissertation examined the political logics underlying women’s movements in New York City and Chicago from 1865-1975. She is interested in further developing automated text analysis methods and best-practices for sociology and digital humanities. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014-2016 she was a postdoc in Management and Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is on leave this year as a fellow for Digital Humanities @ Berkeley and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more here.

Daniel T. O’Brien : Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director, Boston Area Research Initiative

Daniel T. O’Brien

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director, Boston Area Research Initiative

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Dan O’Brien is associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-director of the Boston Area Research Initiative. His work focuses on the ways that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can work together to leverage modern digital data (i.e., “Big Data”) to better understand and serve cities. His own work focuses on the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods, particularly those that directly impact a place’s future upward (or downward) trajectory. Read more here.

Dietmar Offenhuber : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

Dietmar Offenhuber

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Fields: Urban Studies, Visualization and Media Arts, Participatory Design

Dietmar Offenhuber is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy, where he heads the Information Design and Visualization graduate program. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, a MS in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, and a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University Vienna. Dietmar was Key Researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Ars Electronica Futurelab and professor in the Interface Culture program of the Art University Linz, Austria.

His research field could be described as Accountability Design – focusing on the relationship between visual representations and urban governance. Dietmar led a number of research projects investigating formal and informal waste systems and has published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics. His PhD dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award 2014 from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, his research received the Best Paper Award 2012 from the Journal of the American Planning Association. Read more here.

Chris Parsons : Assistant Professor of History

Chris Parsons

Assistant Professor of History

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Chris Parsons is an interdisciplinary historian of science and the environment in the French Atlantic World. He is working on Cultivating a New France: Knowledge, Empire and Environment in the French Atlantic World, 1600 – 1760, an expansion and revision of his dissertation completed at the University of Toronto in 2011. This project examines French encounters with American environments that became literal and figurative sites of imperial experimentation, places to imagine the possible contours of a French colonial empire and investigate the roots and persistence of American difference. In this and related projects, he has a longstanding interest in highlighting the contribution of indigenous peoples to the evolution of European and Euro-American environmental sciences.

Prior to his arrival at Northeastern, Chris Parsons was a Barra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (mceas.org). Read more here.

Tina Eliassi-Rad : Associate Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

Tina Eliassi-Rad

Associate Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

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Tina Eliassi-Rad is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is also on the faculty of Northeastern's Network Science Institute. Prior to joining Northeastern, Tina was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University; and before that she was a Member of Technical Staff and Principal Investigator at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Tina earned her Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (with a minor in Mathematical Statistics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research is rooted in data mining and machine learning; and spans theory, algorithms, and applications of massive data from networked representations of physical and social phenomena. Tina's work has been applied to personalized search on the World-Wide Web, statistical indices of large-scale scientific simulation data, fraud detection, mobile ad targeting, and cyber situational awareness. Her algorithms have been incorporated into systems used by the government and industry (e.g., IBM System G Graph Analytics) as well as open-source software (e.g., Stanford Network Analysis Project). In 2010, she received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy. Read more here.

Christoph Riedl : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

Christoph Riedl

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Fields: Data science and computational social science which I apply to substantive research questions on decision making by individual (peer-review), decision making by groups (collective intelligence), social media and online social networks, individual and team productivity, and the Web as a platform for service innovation.

I study information diffusion and strategic behavior in multidimensional networks in crowdsourced creative collaboration. I also study team formation and creative collaboration in the context of crowdsourcing competitions. Read more here.

Jessica Silbey : Professor of Law

Jessica Silbey

Professor of Law

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Professor Jessica Silbey is a leading scholar and nationally recognized expert on intellectual property and the use of film to communicate about law.

Silbey has altered the national conversation about creativity and invention with her recent book, The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press). Based on a set of 50 interviews with authors, artists, inventors and lawyers, Silbey’s work challenges the traditional notion of intellectual property as merely creating financial incentives necessary to spur innovation. Drawing on her interdisciplinary background and qualitative empirical training, Silbey's research sheds new light onto the roles intellectual property law play to sustain and frustrate the creative and innovative communities in the work they seek to accomplish. She is currently working on a new book investigating the intersection of intellectual property, creative and innovative work and fundamental democratic values in our digital age.

Silbey has been invited to speak about her research at the nation’s leading law schools, including Harvard, NYU and Yale, as well as at universities in Canada, England, Australia, France, Germany and Israel. Silbey earned her undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University and her JD cum laude from the University of Michigan, where she also earned a PhD in comparative literature. She served as law clerk to Judge Robert E. Keeton of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Judge Levin H. Campbell of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She also spent three years in private law practice, focusing on intellectual property and reproductive rights.

Silbey is co-editor of the book Law and Justice on the Small Screen (with Peter Robson) and author of numerous law review articles and publications in other venues. In addition to her research on intellectual property, Silbey writes and speaks about the use of film as a legal tool (body cams, surveillance video, medical imaging) and the representations of law in popular culture (courtroom dramas, reality television). She is an affiliate fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project and was a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She was previously chair of the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) national Section on Intellectual Property and has served on the AALS Presidential Conference Film Committee since 2012. She currently serves as co-chair of the New England Chapter for the Copyright Society of the United States. Read more here.

Rory Smead : Associate Professor, Philosophy

Rory Smead

Associate Professor, Philosophy

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Rory Smead is associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern University. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth, his MA from the University of California, and his PhD in logic and philosophy of science from the University of California, Irvine. Professor Smead’s research is currently focused on the evolution of social behavior, the connections between evolution and learning, applications of game theory to ethics, and philosophical issues surrounding the use of idealized mathematical models in the social and biological sciences. Read more here.

David Smith : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

David Smith

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Fields: Computational linguistics and natural language processing with applications to information retrieval, machine translation, and digital humanities

I study how analyzing natural language data helps us uncover underlying networks and how this relational structure helps us better analyze text. Along with Profs. Cordell and Dillon, I work on the Viral Texts project to explore the culture of reprinting the 19th century publications and its relationship to the communication, transportation, political and social networks of the time. I am looking at how the reuse of policy ideas in congressional bills illuminate the process of legislation. With researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, I am investigating how different subcommunities of scientists explore the research literature. I am also working on scalable information extraction and retrieval in large collections of scanned books and their use for modeling historical language change. Read more here.

Lu Wang : Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

Lu Wang

Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

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Fields: Natural Language Processing, Computational Social Science, Machine Learning

Lu Wang is Assistant Professor of College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University and her B.S. in Intelligence Science and Engineering and her B.Econ. in Economics from Peking University. Lu is interested in developing Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning techniques to help people efficiently and effectively understand and absorb knowledge from large-scale text data with inherent noise. I am interested in understanding how people argue with and influence others, as well as form their own opinions on topics of interest. Especially, I study the task of discovering linguistic patterns that reflect these processes, and using them for social interaction analysis and prediction. Read more here.

Brooke Foucault Welles : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Brooke Foucault Welles

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

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Brooke Foucault Welles is an Assistant Professor in the department of Communication Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. Dr. Foucault Welles studies how social networks shape and constrain human behavior, with a particular emphasis on how the recall and activation of network ties influences success in personal and team goals. In the past, Dr. Foucault Welles has examined how social networks influence friendship selection in online communities. More recently, her work focuses on how people come to recognize resources within their social networks and leverage them to achieve personal, organizational and social goals. Her work is supported by grants from the US Army Research Office (W911NF-14-1-0672) and US Army Research Lab (W911NF-09-2-0053).

Dr. Foucault Welles teaches classes in social science research methods, children and media, and social network analysis. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University, Dr. Foucault Welles earned her Ph.D. from the department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She also holds BA and MS degrees in Communication Studies and Information Science from Cornell University. Read more here.

John Wihbey : Assistant Professor, Journalism, CAMD

John Wihbey

Assistant Professor, Journalism, CAMD

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Fields: News media and information quality/credibility issues; social networks and news dissemination/consumption; climate change communications and sustainability; societal effects of big data

John is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism, where he teaches digital storytelling, data journalism, and new media. His research interests include the dynamics of online environments for news production and engagement; government transparency and access to knowledge; and climate change communications. He was formerly Assistant Director for Journalist’s Resource at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and a lecturer in journalism at Boston University. He writes for outlets such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, National Geographic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Yale Climate Connections. He has been a producer and digital editor for the NPR show “On Point,” from WBUR-Boston, and a reporter for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Read more here.

Christo Wilson : Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

Christo Wilson

Core Faculty, Assistant Professor

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Professor Wilson’s research focuses on security and privacy for online social networks. His work begins with fundamental measurement and modeling of social networks and user dynamics. He then applies this knowledge to to build security and privacy-preserving systems that scale to today's massive social networks. As part of this work, he developed a system for China’s largest social network that has successfully detected more than 1 million fake accounts in its first year of use. His expertise extends to other aspects of the social web and to networks more broadly. He is working with Assistant Professor Alan Mislove to explore the Internet filter bubble, a term social scientists coined to describe the perils of content personalization on major websites. His interests also include examining ways to improve network protocols for data centers. Read more here.


Sarah Connell : Assistant Director

Sarah Connell

Assistant Director

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Fields: Early modern British and Irish literature, world medieval literature, medieval and early modern European historiography, archival studies, Irish studies, early women’s literature

Recent Publications: My recent publications include two chapters on text encoding and transformation, co-authored with Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman for Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research; a presentation and accompanying article, “Meta(data)morphosis,” co-authored with Ashley Clark and published in Proceedings of XML In, Web Out: International Symposium on sub rosa XML by the Balisage Series on Markup Technologies; and the article “The Poetics and Politics of Legend: Geoffrey Keating’s Foras Feasa ar Éirinn and the Invention of Irish History,” published in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.

Current Projects: My current current research activities include a text encoding project, Making Room in History, in which I am using markup to analyze the ways that medieval and early modern writers invoked historical and legendary materials to construct arguments about sovereignty. In addition to my work at the NULab, I am also the assistant director of the Women Writers Project, where we have just begun an NEH-funded initiative to research intertextual networks in early women's writing.

Cara Marta Messina : NuLab Coordinator

Cara Marta Messina

NuLab Coordinator

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Cara Messina is a third year PhD student in the English Department, focusing on Writing and Rhetoric. She incorporates Digital Humanities and Writing Studies methodologies in her research on online fan communities. She also incorporates a digital critical pedagogical lens in her work teaching, working with other instructors on professional development, and providing pedagogical resources through the use of online toolkits. She is also the RA for the Digital Scholarship Group IMLS-grant funded project Design for Diversity to help create the Design for Diversity Teaching and Learning Toolkit as well as a team member on the Women Writers Project "Women Writers Vector Toolkit."