Current Projects

  • A People’s Atlas of the Nuclear United States

    “A People’s Atlas of the Nuclear United States” is a digital public humanities project that documents and interprets the relational geographies of nuclear materials used by the United States military. The Atlas is structured to ...

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  • Undergraduate Research Initiative

    The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) encourages undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research and other creative activities in collaboration with, or under the close supervision of, faculty members ...

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  • Rediscovering the Refugee Scholars of the Nazi Era

    The Rediscovering the Refugee Scholars project is a research effort by Northeastern University faculty and graduate students in Jewish Studies, Journalism, Public History, and Computer Science to retrace the forgotten career and life pathways of a group ...

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  • News-based Early Warning System

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    This project explores whether a real time sentiment index, constructed using the universe of Reuters news, can help in forecasting GDP and predicting extreme events, such as large reversal in capital flows, in emerging markets. Compared ...

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  • #HashtagActivism: Networked Counterpublics in the Digital Age

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    Through a unique combination of network analytics and critical readings of tweet texts, #HashtagActivism: Networked Counterpublics in the Digital Age examines how and why Twitter hashtags have become an important platform for historically disenfranchised populations ...

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  • Margaret Fuller Transnational Archive: Mapping Topographies of Revolution

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    The Margaret Fuller Transnational Archive aims to digitally map networks of publication involving Margaret Fuller and the circles of European and American political and cultural figures, including Horace Greeley, and Giuseppe Mazzini and Cristina Trivulzio ...

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  • Networks of Coexistence: Explaining Variation in Cross-Ethnic Ties

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    What factors lead individuals in volatile environments to form social ties across ethnic divisions? Prior research suggests that close contact with other groups can improve attitudes and quell stereotypes but can also spark violent conflict, particularly ...

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  • LA County Jail Oral History Project

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    The LA County Jail Oral History Project aims to document the conditions, culture, and recent history of the LA County Jail system through the oral histories of former and current inmates. The oral history project ...

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  • (Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Rhetoric, Genre, and Markup in the Writing Classroom

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    Image from teaching journal, July 7, 2016 This project, founded by English PhD student Kevin Smith, studies the writing and experiences of students as they compose XML markup in a series of writing classes taught at ...

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  • Assessing the Impact of Online Personalization on Algorithmic Culture

    Today, many major websites personalize the content that they show to users. Examples include: Google Search, which personalizes search results to try and surface more relevant content; Amazon and Netflix, which personalize product and movie ...

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  • Social Network Processes in Collaborative Decision-Making

    How do we best organize agents to solve difficult problems? Should they compete or collaborate? If they collaborate, who should collaborate with whom? While organizing problem­-solving work as a competition can provide strong incentives to ...

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  • Issues of Categorization in Citizen Feedback Systems

    Classification schemes can tell us a lot about organizations, their politics and practices. For citizen feedback applications, incident categories are a central component that negotiate between the ways in which users perceive an incident and ...

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  • Volunteer Science Project

    Volunteer Science is an online platform enabling anyone to participate in social science research.  The goal of Volunteer Science is to build a thriving community of research participants and social science researchers for Massively Open ...

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  • The Early Caribbean Digital Archive

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    The Early Caribbean Digital Archive is an open access collection of pre-twentieth-century Caribbean texts, maps, and images. Texts include travel narratives, novels, poetry, natural histories, and diaries that have not been brought together before as ...

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  • Digital Humanities Quarterly

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities. Edited by Julia Flanders at Northeastern University and published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations ...

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  • TAPAS

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    Tapas is the TEI Archiving Publishing and Access Service for scholars and other creators of TEI data who need a place to publish their materials in different forms and ensure it remains accessible over time. ...

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  • Women Writers Project

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    The Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. The project has been working since 1988 on building an electronic collection of rare and less ...

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  • Viral Texts Project

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    The Viral Texts Project seeks to develop theoretical models that will help scholars better understand what qualities—both textual and thematic—helped particular news stories, short fiction, and poetry “go viral” in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines. Prior to copyright ...

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  • OUR MARATHON, The Boston Bombing Digital Archive

    Partially supported by a NULab grant

    Our Marathon is a crowdsourced digital humanities initiative that collected stories, photos, oral histories, social media activity, and other content related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. The project was active from ...

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Past Projects

  • Boston Maps Project

    This semester, Northeastern University’s history department is branching out into new territory: we’re beginning a large-scale digital project that is being implemented across several classes ...

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  • Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling

    Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities was a three-day workshop of invited participants, made possible with generous funding from the DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital ...

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