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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica, Fall 2017

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

The Tales We Tell: A Novel Experimental Approach to Mapping Rumors and Ethnic Bias—Matthew Simonson, Graduate Student, Network Science

Transatlantic Newspaper Symposium, Summer 2017

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

What Can Network Structure Tell Us About the Low-Skill Labor Market?—Walter McHugh, Graduate Student, Interdisciplinary Data Science

Women Writers Project documentary—Julia Flanders, Faculty, English




Molly Nebiolo, Graduate Student, History—Digital Humanities Summer Institute


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