Since 2014, the NULab has offered funding for seedling grants, travel, and co-sponsorship of events related to digital humanities and computational social science. Seedling grants support pilot research to begin a longer-term research project. These grants have funded research assistants, data sets needed for research, access to tools and software, and travel costs for meetings that initiate, or further, a research project.

Travel grants support presentation of NULab-related research at conferences, or substantive NULab-relevant professional development opportunities such as workshops. Co-sponsorships are intended to support NULab-relevant speakers and events, ideally open to the public or bringing a multi-institutional or regional audience to NEU.

Below are the seedling and travel grants that the NULab has supported thus far, with links to more information wherever available. We will continue to update this space with the outcomes of more recently-funded grants, so check back for additional details.

The NULab holds two rounds of grant applications in the fall and spring semesters; applications for travel grants for conferences that fall outside of these two rounds will be considered as there are funds available.

Projects and events

3D/VR Historical Reconstruction of Black Boston Heritage Sites—Jessica Linker, Faculty, History

Algorithmic Bias in AI-Assisted Conversations—Nir Grinberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lazer Lab

Art of the March—Team: Dietmar Offenhuber, Faculty, Art+Design and Public Policy; Nathan Felde, Faculty, Art+Design; and Alessandra Renzi, Faculty Concordia University

Art of Networks II at the New York Hall of Science—Isabel Meirelles, Faculty, Graphic Design

Atlas of Southern Memory—Caroline Klibanoff, Graduate Student, History

The Birth of Boston: Reconstructing Boston’s Social History in 1676—Chris Parsons, Faculty, History

The Black Architects Archive—J. Cephas, Faculty, Architecture

Communication Science in the Digital Age, International Communication Association—Brooke Welles, Faculty, Communication Studies

Comprehensive Indicators of the Urban Form—Geoff Boeing, Faculty, Public Policy and Urban Affairs

The Critical Fan Toolkit: Fanfiction Genres, Ideologies and Pedagogies—Cara Marta Messina, Graduate Student, English

Cycles of conflict, a century of continuity: Using computational and network analysis techniques to measure why some ideas succeed, and others fail—Laura Nelson, Faculty, Sociology and Anthropology

Digital Humanities Graduate Student Research Gathering Series, Spring 2019—Megan Barney, Graduate Student, History; Laura Johnson, Graduate Student, English

Early Black Boston Digital Almanac—Nicole Aljoe, Faculty, English

Early Caribbean Digital Archive—Team: Elizabeth Dillon, Faculty, English; Nicole Aljoe, Faculty, English; Ben Doyle, Graduate Student, English; Elizabeth Hopwood, Graduate Student, English

Environmental Enforcement Watch—Sara Wylie, Faculty, Sociology/Anthropology and Health Sciences; Lourdes Vera, Graduate Student, Sociology; Dietmar Offenhuber, Faculty, Art+Design and Public Policy; Casey Greenleaf, Undergraduate Student, Cultural Anthropology; Cole Alder, Undergraduate Student, Sociology and Environmental Studies

A Global Ranking of Cities by Accessibility to Services—Talia Kaufmann, Graduate Student, Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Gossamer Network: The U.S. Post and State Power in the American West digital chapter—Cameron Blevins, Faculty, History

#HashtagActivism: Network Counterpublics in the Digital Age—Team: Moya Bailey, Faculty, Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Brooke Foucault Welles, Faculty, Communication Studies; Sarah Jackson, Faculty, Communication Studies

Health and the Construction of Early American Cities—Molly Nebiolo, Graduate Student, History

Her Truth: Analyzing the editorials of Nackey Scripps Loeb—Meg Heckman, Faculty, Journalism

The Impact of Race and Gender in Online Dating—Team: Apryl Williams, Faculty, Sociology, Susquehanna University; Ronald E. Robertson, Graduate Student, Network Science; and Hanyu Chwe, Graduate Student, Network Science

LA County Jail Oral History Archive—Joanne Afornalli, Graduate Student, English

Letterpress Goes 3D—Ryan Cordell, Faculty, English; Kenneth Oravetz, Project Manager

Mapping transformation: How changing neighborhood identities affect civic life—Meg Heckman, Faculty, Journalism; Elieen O’Grady, Ruth Hunger, and Jordan Erb, Graduate Students, Journalism

Margaret Fuller Transnational Archive: Mapping Topographies of Revolution—Team: Elizabeth Dillon, Faculty, English; Ryan Cordell, Faculty, English; Noelle Baker, independent scholar; Sonia Di Loreto, Faculty, Universita di Torino; Leslie Eckel, Faculty, Suffolk University

Measuring Affective Dynamics in Polarized Publics and Counterpublics—Brooke Foucault Welles, Faculty, Communication Studies; Ryan Gallagher, Graduate Student, Network Science

Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance—Moya Bailey, Faculty, Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840–1914—Ryan Cordell, Faculty, English

Networks of Coexistence: Explaining Variation in Cross-Ethnic Ties—Matthew Simonson, Graduate Student, Network Science

News-based Early Warning System—Samuel Fraiberger, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Network Science

Novels in the News: The Reprinting of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers—Ryan Cordell, Faculty, English; Avery Blankenship, Graduate Student, English

Photogrammetry and Public History: The View From Lower Allston—Jim McGrath, Faculty, History

The Prevalence of Backfire Effects After the Correction of Misinformation and Fake News and Backfire Effects—Briony Swire-Thompson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Network Science Institute

Queer Meme Community Project—Abbie Levesque, Graduate Student, English

(Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Rhetoric, Design, and Markup in the Writing Classroom—Kevin Smith, Graduate Student, English

Transatlantic Newspaper Symposium, Summer 2017—Ryan Cordell, Faculty, English

Upskilling during the Great Recession: Why Did Employers Demand Greater Skill and What are the Consequences?—Alicia Sasser-Modestino, Faculty, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics

Viral Texts—Ryan Cordell, Faculty, English

When I Learn the News is False: Fact-checking Information as a Tool to Combat Spread of Fake News—Myojung Chung, Faculty, Journalism

Word-Embedding Models and the Digital Dissection of Early Modern Anatomy—Jacob Murel, Graduate Student, English

Women Writers Project documentary—Julia Flanders, Faculty, English

XM<LGBT/>—Abbie Levesque, Graduate Student, English



Cameron Blevins, Faculty, History—Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT)

Avery Blankenship, Graduate Student, English—“Novels in the News: The Reprinting of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers” at ACH 2019

Hanyu Chwe, Graduate Student, Network Science—Sunbelt 2019

Ryan Gallagher, Graduate Student, Network Science—“Core-Periphery Decomposition of Networked Publics and Counterpublics” at ICA 2019

Justin Haner, Graduate Student, Political Science—“Organizing Europe: An Analysis of Expanding Zones of Common Governance and the Long-Term Decline in European Armed Conflict” at the Southern Political Science Association’s (SPSA) annual conference

Abbie Levesque, Graduate Student, English—“XM<LGBT/>: Enacting the QueerOS” at ACH2019

David Medina, Graduate Student, English—“Decolonizing the Archive: The Early Caribbean Digital Archive and Digital Remix” at SEA 2019

Cara Messina, Graduate Student, English—“Reimagining Romance: ‘The Legend of Korra’ Critical Fandom Practices” at ACH2019

Molly Nebiolo, Graduate Student, History—“The Birth of Boston” at DH2019

Gregory Palermo, Graduate Student, English—Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Sarah Shugars, Graduate Student, Network Science—“The Structure of Reasoning: Inferring Conceptual Networks from Free Response Text” at Sunbelt 2019

Jeffrey Sternberg, Graduate Student, Sociology — “Using Computer Vision to Capture the Collective Perception of a Neighborhood” at PaCSS 2019

John Wihbey, Faculty, Journalism—“Breaking News and Younger Twitter Users: Comparing Self-report Motivations with Online Behavior” at the International Conference on Media and Society


Geoff Boeing, Faculty, Public Policy and Urban Affairs—”Urban Spatial Order: Street Network Orientation, Configuration, and Entropy” at NetSci 2019

Hanyu Chwe, Graduate Student, Network Science—NetSci 2019

Jonathan Fitzgerald, Graduate Student, English—“Stranger Genres: Computationally Classifying Reprinted Nineteenth Century Newspaper Texts” at DH2018

Meg Heckman, Faculty, Journalism—“Her Truth: Analyzing the Editorials of Nackey Scripps” at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference

Laura Johnson, Graduate Student, English—Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Carolina Mattsson, Graduate Student, Network Science—Social Science Foo Camp

Molly Nebiolo, Graduate Student, History—Digital Humanities Summer Institute; “The Birth of Boston: Digitally Representing Seventeenth Century Boston Using ArcGIS” at DH2019

William Quinn, Graduate Student, English—“The Social Media of The Crisis: Letters to the Editor and Literary Production” at Mediating American Modernist Literature: the Case of/for Big Magazines, 1880–1960

Kirsten Rodine-Hardy, Faculty, Political Science—POLNET

Sarah Shugars Graduate Student, Network Science—“The Structure of Reasoning: Inferring Conceptual Networks from Free Response Text” at the 2018 North American Social Networks Conference (NASN)

Brooke Foucault Welles, Faculty, Communication Studies—“The Battle for #Baltimore: Networked Counterpublics and the Contested Framing of Urban Unrest” at the International Communication Association Annual Conference

Kaitlin and Megan Woods, Graduate Students, History—”‘From Grateful Friends’: American-Luxembourgish World War II Memory on Luxembourg’s Landscape” at the 2019 National Council on Public History (NCPH) annual meeting

Zhengyan Yu, Graduate Student, Information Design and Visualization—”Close and Distant Reading via Named Entity Network Visualization: A Case Study of Women Writers Online” at IEEE VIS 2018


Jonathan Fitzgerald, Graduate Student, English—American Studies Association 2017

Nicole Keller, Graduate Student, English—Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Thanasis Kinias, Graduate Student, History—“Transoceanic Newspaper Exchange in the Nineteenth Century” at Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)

Sarah Payne, Graduate Student, English—American Studies Association 2017

Gregory Palermo, Graduate Student, English—HASTAC 2017

Sarah Shugars, Graduate Student, Network Science—“The Joint Effects of Content and Style on Debate Outcomes” at Midwest Political Science Association and “Mapping Conceptual Networks” at the 10th Annual Political Networks Conference

John Wihbey, Faculty, Journalism—“Knowing the Numbers: Assessing Attitudes among Journalists and Educators about Using and Interpreting Data, Statistics, and Research” at the International Symposium on Online Journalism. Top Rated Research Paper for the conference.

John Wihbey, Faculty, Journalism—”Exploring the Ideological Nature of Journalists’ Social Networks on Twitter and Associations with News Story Content” at the KDD Data Science + Journalism Workshop/Conference


Jonathan Fitzgerald, Graduate Student, English—“What Made the Front Page in the 19th Century?: Computationally Classifying Genre in ‘Viral Texts’” at Keystone DH; “Vignettes: Micro-Fictions in the Nineteenth Century Newspaper” at American Literature Association Symposium

Syed Arefinul Haque, Graduate Student, Network Science—Complex System Summer School

Nicole Keller, Graduate Student, English—Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Gregory Palermo, Graduate Student, English—Workshop on Quantitative Text Analysis for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brown University

Sarah Payne, Graduate Student, English—Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Bill Quinn, Graduate Student, English—Digital Humanities Summer Institute


Nicole Aljoe, Faculty, English—“‘The Memoir of Florence Hall’ (1820ca) and the Caribbean Slave Narrative Tradition” at Society of Early Americanists-Omohundro Institute

Dan Calacci, Lazer Lab—“Frame of Mind: Using Statistical Models for Detection of Framing and Agenda Setting Campaigns” at Association for Computational Linguistics

Jim McGrath, Graduate Student, English—Digital Humanities Summer Institute; “Crowdsourcing In Theory and Practice: Lessons from The Boston Bombing Digital Archive” at Keystone DH

Carolina Mattson, Graduate Student, Network Science—Santa Fe Institute’s Complex Systems Summer School


Jim McGrath, Graduate Student, English—poster presentation on Our Marathon at Digital Humanities Conference 2014; poster presentation on DHQ at TEI Conference and Members Meeting