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.




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


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

Viral Texts—Ryan Cordell, 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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

When Women Go to War—Matthew Simonson, Graduate Student, Network Science

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

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