Elizabeth Maddock DillonCo-Director, Professor
English, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Recent Publications: New World Drama: Theatre of the Atlantic, 1660-1850, forthcoming from 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.
Political Science, Ph.D. University of Michigan
Recent Publications: A. Hannak, P. Sapiezynski, A. Kakhki, B. Krishnamurthy, D. Lazer, A. Mislove, C. Wilson, “Measuring Personalization of Web Search,” In Proceedings of the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW'13), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2013. Y. Altshuler, M. Fire, E. Shmueli, Y. Elovici, A. Bruckstein, A. Pentland and D. Lazer, “The Social Ampliﬁer – Reaction of Human Communities to Emergencies,” Journal of Statistical Physics, 2013. K. Esterling, M. Neblo, and D. Lazer, “Means, Motive, & Opportunity in Becoming Informed About Politics: A Deliberative Field Experiment with Members of Congress and Their Constituents,” Public Opinion Quarterly 75, 2012: 483-503 M. Binz-Scharf, D. Lazer, and I. Mergel, Searching for answers: Networks of Practice among Public Administrators. American Review of Public Administration, 41(2), 2012: 202-225. (Winner of best paper of the year in ARPA)
Current Projects: 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.
Recent Publications: "'Taken Possession of’: The Reprinting and Re-authorship of Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Antebellum Religious Press” forthcoming in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Spring 2013.
Current Projects: 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.
Alan MisloveCore Faculty, Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Ph.D. Rice University
Recent Publications: “Defending against large-scale crawls in online social networks” in Proceedings of the 8th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT’12), Nice, France, December 2012
Current Projects: I am studying new approaches to content distribution in online social networks, and new mechanisms for building online social networks that afford users more privacy and control over their data.
Sebastian DeterdingAssistant Professor, Game Design
PhD, Universtat Hamburg
Dr. Sebastian Deterding is a researcher and designer working on playful, gameful, and engaging design. He is an assistant professor in Northeastern University’s Game Design Program, associate of the international design agency Hubbub, founder and organiser of the Gamification Research Network, and co-editor of The Gameful World (MIT Press, 2015). As a game and user experience designer, he has created engaging experiences touching millions of people for clients including the BBC, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, Greenpeace, Novartis, Otto Group, and numerous startups. His work has been covered by The Guardian, The New Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times among others. An internationally sought after speaker, he is frequently invited to keynote and present at venues like GDC Online, Google, Games Learning Society, IDEO, Interaction, Lift, Persuasive, Playful, UX London, or Web Directions, and has been featured on TED. He lives online at codingconduct.cc
Dietmar OffenhuberCore Faculty, Assistant Professor
Art + Design and Public Policy, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Recent Publications: Offenhuber, Dietmar, David Lee, Malima I. Wolf, Santi Phithakkitnukoon, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. 2012. “Putting Matter in Place.” Journal of the American Planning Association 78 (2): 173–196. (Best Paper 2012, Journal of the American Planning Association), Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti, eds. 2013. Die Stadt entschlüsseln. Basel: Bauwelt Fundamente.
Current Projects: Accountability Technologies - visual media in urban governance; Forager - technologies for participatory waste systems; Infrastructure legibility - design factors for urban services
David SmithCore Faculty, Assistant Professor
Computer Science, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Recent Publications: Infectious texts: Modeling text reuse in nineteenth-century newspapers. In IEEE Workshop on Big Data and the Humanities, 2013; Efficient nearest-neighbor search in the probability simplex. In Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR), 2013; Online polylingual topic models for fast document translation detection. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation, 2013.
Current Projects: 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.
Nick BeauchampCore Faculty, Assistant Professor
Political Science, Ph.D. New York University
Recent Publications: “Someone is Wrong on the Internet: Political Argument as the Exchange of Conceptually Networked Ideas” (under review); “A Bottom-up Approach to Linguistic Persuasion in Advertising” (under review).
Current Projects: 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.
Recent Publications: Tweeting to Feel Connected: A Model for Social Connectedness in Online Social Networks, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI), 29(10), 1-18.
Current Projects: 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.
Recent Publications: Ethnography and Virtual Worlds (co-authored; Princeton U Press 2012); Communities of Play: Emergent Behavior in Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds (The MIT Press 2009). Virtual World Demographic Survey (self-published report; Fall 2014); IGDA Developer Satisfaction Survey (Fall 2014)
Current Projects: My research/practice focuses on studying emergent behavior, as well as creating games that promote it, with a particular focus on creative practice. At Northeastern, I have been applying some of my research into emergent behavior on the design of experimental games for large-scale online and public interaction as well as pursing further research in the area of gender and games. I have also been working on curation of game exhibitions and festivals, including the recent XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design, the first exhibition devoted to women’s contributions to video games, and IndieCade: The International Festival of Independent Games, or which I am co-founder and Festival Chair.
Celia Pearce is a game designer, author, researcher, teacher, curator and artist, specializing in multiplayer gaming and virtual worlds, independent, art, and alternative game genres, as well as games and gender. She began designing interactive attractions and exhibitions in 1983, and has held academic appointments since 1998. Her game designs include the award-winning virtual reality attraction Virtual Adventures (for Iwerks and Evans & Sutherland) and the Purple Moon Friendship Adventure Cards for Girls. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from SMARTLab Centre, then at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. She is currently an Associate Professor of Game Design at Northeastern University. Previously she worked at Georgia Tech, where she directed the Experimental Game Lab and the Emergent Game Group. She is the author or co-author of numerous papers and book chapters, as well as The Interactive Book (Macmillan 1997) and Communities of Play: Emergent Cultures in Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds (MIT 2009), and Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (Princeton 2012), along with Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie Nardi, and T.L. Taylor. She is also co-editor of the forthcoming volume Meet Me at the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader (CMU-ETC), along with Laura Hollengreen, Rebecca Rouse and Bobby Schweizer, due out in 2013. She has also curated new media, virtual reality, and game exhibitions, including XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the first exhibition devoted to women’s contribution to game design, and is currently Festival Chair for IndieCade, an international independent games festival and showcase series. She is a co-founder of the Ludica women’s game collective.
Recent Publications: “Are Americans Locked into Their Houses? The Impact of Housing Market Conditions on State-to-State Migration” with Julia Dennett. Regional Science and Urban Economics, (2013, vol. 43, issue 2, pages 322-337). “The Impact of Managed Care on the Gender Earnings Gap Among Physicians.” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Research Department Working Paper 13-1 (2013), Revise and Resubmit, Industrial Labor & Relations Review. “Mismatch in the Labor Market: The Supply and Demand for Middle-Skill Workers in New England.” The New England Journal of Higher Education, (February 8, 2011)
Current Projects: Her current research focuses on labor market dynamics including skills mismatch and youth labor market attachment. She is currently a co-principal investigator on Russell Sage Foundation Project #85-14-05, “Upskilling During the Great Recession: Do Employers Demand Greater Skill When Workers Are Plentiful?” Using a large database of online job postings, this project demonstrates that employee skill requirements for both education and experience rose during the Great Recession when there was a larger supply of relevant job seekers.
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.
Lu WangAssistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science
Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Recent Publications: "Socially-Informed Timeline Generation for Complex Events" in Proceedings of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), 2015; "A Piece of My Mind: A Sentiment Analysis Approach for Online Dispute Detection" in Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2014; "Domain-Independent Abstract Generation for Focused Meeting Summarization" in Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2013
Current Projects: 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. I also work on generating concise and informative summaries for different types of texts, ranging from news articles in traditional media, to socially-generated content in popular social media (e.g. comments, tweets, or blogs), and to government meetings (e.g. Federal Reserve board meetings).
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.
Current Projects: My research focuses on how network structure shapes and constrains human behavior, with a particular emphasis on how computer-mediated communication networks influence individual and team success. I am currently collaborating with after school programs in Boston and New York to better understand how social media help young people understand and access social capital, and I am also collaborating with NULab co-director David Lazer to develop a series of online experiments that examine how distributed teams can build effective online communication networks.
John WihbeyAssistant Professor, Journalism, CAMD
M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; M.A., Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College
Recent Publications: “Data Dive: Big Data Changes the Way You Buy a Home,” Boston Globe Ideas, 2015; “All-out Media Campaign: The Guardian Goes Activist,” Yale Climate Connections, 2015; “Complicating the Network: The Year in Social Media Research,” Nieman Journalism Lab; “Rethinking Viral: Why the Digital World Is Not as Democratic as We Think,” Pacific Standard, 2014; “The Challenges of Democratizing News and Information,” Harvard Shorenstein Center discussion paper, 2014; “Who Gets a Press Pass? Media Credentialing Practices in the United States,” Harvard Berkman Center/Shorenstein Center research publication, 2014; “Aaron Swartz and the Cause of Openness,” Boston Globe, 2014
Current Projects: I am studying the changing dynamics of news media and journalism education in a digital world. I also continue to write about climate change issues and associated challenges of public communication.
John 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, where he taught multimedia and beat reporting. He has been a producer and digital editor for the NPR show “On Point,” from WBUR-Boston, and reported for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey.
David DeCampGraduate Fellow
Department of History
Jonathan Fitzgerald (Fitz) is a second year PhD student in the English Department, a research assistant for the Global Viral Texts Project, and managing editor of DHQ. His interests include Literary Journalism, 20th century American literature, and Digital Humanities. His current research focuses on using classification methods to identify genres in digital newspaper archives. Before enrolling at Northeastern, Jonathan worked as a freelance web developer and journalist, with articles and essays appearing in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and others.
Gregory PalermoNULab Fellow
Department of English
Gregory Palermo is a first-year PhD student in English at Northeastern University. Having majored in both literature and physics while pursuing his bachelor’s degree as an Edgar Fellow at SUNY Geneseo, Greg takes pleasure in applying his computational background to rhetoric and the arts, threading ideas and approaches from seemingly-disparate disciplines and media. At Geneseo, he served on a committee reforming its general education curriculum and launched a project co-authoring a distant reading of H.D. Thoreau’s Walden as part of the Digital Thoreau initiative. His current research interests include sound studies and analysis, text analysis, and the manifestation of racial identity politics in digital spaces.
Matthew SimonsonNULab Fellow
Department of Network Science
Michael FoleyGraduate Fellow Alumnus
Department of Network Science
Carolina MattssonGraduate Fellow Alumna
Department of Network Science
James McGrathNULab Scholar; Graduate Fellow Alumnus; Graduate Affiliate
Department of English
Kate TempletonNULab Scholar
English PhD candidate
Benjamin J. DoyleGraduate Fellow Alumnus
Department of English
Elizabeth HopwoodGraduate Fellow Alumna
Department of English