MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Digital Humanities

MIT Digital Humanities

Programs, Projects, and Lab

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    Code

    Enhancing the Humanities through Programming

    Code in the Mellon-funded programs in Digital Humanities centers on an undergraduate-focused Laboratory for Digital Humanities (dhmit) that creates computer tools for solving problems in the humanities. In the lab, students harness their skills in computer science and programming to advance the state of knowledge in the humanities and to help empower less technically adept researchers and enthusiasts to use digital tools on their own. All code from the project is open source and hosted on GitHub

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    Communication

    Faculty & Student Research

    The Programs in Digital Humanities supports a DH-focused, collaboration-based seed grant program that allows Faculty and Staff to be in residence in the lab and work closely with undergraduate students, postdocs, and technical professionals to create projects related to their research and teaching. Faculty and students learn to speak each other's language, students learn the joys and difficulties of faculty research interests, and, by communicating at each stage of the research and development, avoid the pitfalls that plague so many DH projects.

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    Community

    MIT, Boston, and Graduate Engagement

    The DH programs at MIT host a lecture series and beginning in 2019 visiting scholar residencies and hackathons. Additional undergraduate and graduate courses in DH are planned, culminating in a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. The community of digital practitioners reflects the rich diversity of the campus and the nation. Inclusivity is a core value of the Programs in Digital Humanities at MIT.

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Projects

Completed and Upcoming Digital Humanities Projects.

Gender / Novels

Computational Reading of Gender in Novels, 1770–1922

Women working at a 1940s computer

Computation History

History of Computing at MIT, 1950–1962 (in progress)

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Reading Redux

Exploring the Value of Rereading (Fall 2019)

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Democracy in Africa

Simulations for Research and Teaching (Spring 2020)

Fox Harrell (CMS/CSAIL) representing faculty research

Faculty Research

Future collaborations

DH Across MIT

Digital Humanities Projects across the Institute

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The MIT Computational Cultures Initiative brings scholars from SHASS together with leading technologists to think about the social, cultural, and political impact of computing tools and digital devices.

Professor Fox Harrell in a VR headset

The Center for Advanced Virtuality is an initiative by MIT Open Learning that will help determine how MIT can use a group of technologies including virtual and mixed reality to better serve human needs.

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HyperStudio is a DH research group in Comparative Media Studies/Writing led by Dr. Kurt Fendt. Successes include many projects including the software package, Annotation Studio.

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The MIT Libraries maintain a list of collections of DH Projects at MIT and Beyond.

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The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) at MIT showcases numerous faculty, staff, and student projects in Digital Humanities.

Digital Humanities

Staff and Members

Michael Scott Cuthbert

Michael Scott Cuthbert

Faculty Director & Associate Professor

Ryaan Ahmed

Ryaan Ahmed

Technical Director & Senior Research Engineer

Stephan Risi

Stephan Risi

Postdoctoral Associate

Erica Zimmer

Erica Zimmer

Postdoctoral Associate

Nicole Fountain

Nicole Fountain

Administrative Assistant II

Alan Abreu

Alan Abreu

UROP
Comp/Hist

Ife Ademolu-Odeneye

Ife Ademolu-Odeneye

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Dina Atia

Dina Atia

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Rikita Bansal

Rikita Bansal

UROP
Comp/Hist

Elena Boal

Elena Boal

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Angelica Catillejos

Angelica Catillejos

UROP
Comp/Hist

Mingfei Duan

Mingfei Duan

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Martiza Gallegos

Maritza Gallegos

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Montserrat Garza

Montserrat Garza

UROP
Comp/Hist

Meesue Kim

Meesue Kim

UROP
Comp/Hist

Keith Murray

Keith Murray

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Carol Pan

Carol Pan

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Mayowa Songonuga

Mayowa Songonuga

UROP
Comp/Hist

Felix Tran

Felix Tran

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Samantha York

Samantha York

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Former Program/Lab Members

Lisa Tagliaferri

Lisa Tagliaferri

Postdoctoral Associate

Bridget Johnston

Bridget Johnston

Administrative Assistant (Temporary)

Emily Caragay

Emily Caragay

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Alena Culbertson

Alena Culbertson

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Howard DaCosta

Howard DaCosta

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Assel Ismoldayeva

Assel Ismoldayeva

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Elsa Itamnbo

Elsa Itambo

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Kelsey Merrill

Kelsey Merrill

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Charlotte Minsky

Charlotte Minsky

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Isaac Redlon

Isaac Redlon

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Shobhita Sundaram

Shobhita Sundaram

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Katherine Xu

Katherine Xu

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Derek Yen

Derek Yen

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Sophia Zhi

Sophia Zhi

UROP
Gender/Novels
Comp/Hist

Susanna Chen

Susanna Chen

UROP
Gender/Novels

Michelle Li

Michelle Li

UROP
Gender/Novels

Steering Committee

Agustín Rayo (Associate Dean, SHASS, ex-offico, and Professor of Philosophy)
D. Fox Harrell (Professor of Digital Media & AI)
Graham M. Jones (Associate Professor of Anthropology)
Jeffery S Ravel (Professor of History)
Nick Montfort (Professor of Digital Media)
Shigeru Miyagawa (Professor of Linguistics & Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Senior Asssociate Dean for Open Learning)
Stephanie Ann Frampton (Associate Professor of Literature)
Takako Aikawa (Senior Lecturer in Japanese)

Contact DH

digitalhumanities-admin@mit.edu
+1 (617) 324-0102
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 16-635
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA