Uniting the humanities and engineering with code, communication, and community.

Digital Humanities serves the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences as an incubator for collaborative research and teaching initiatives that are vital to the school. We are a vibrant community developing digital tools and computational methods to enrich the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

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  • 1. Code Building new tools for the humanities

    The Programs in Digital Humanities at MIT center on the undergraduate Digital Humanities UROP Lab that creates computational tools for solving problems to advance the state of knowledge in humanistic fields. All of our code is open source and available on GitHub.

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  • 2. Communication Cultivating “bilingualism” at MIT

    Sitting at the intersection of humanistic and STEM fields, Digital Humanities provides a space for students and faculty to speak across disciplinary boundaries. Giving engineering students deep exposure to questions in the humanities, arts, and social sciences serves as a foundation for them to take effective, ethical, and equitable approaches to problems throughout their careers.

  • 3. Community Making connections at MIT and beyond

    Digital Humanities at MIT creates interdisciplinary connections at MIT, within the Boston DH community, and throughout the world. Inclusivity is a core value of our programs: our undergraduate lab cohort reflects the rich diversity of our campus, and our speaker and workshop series engage with scholars from around the globe.


Undergraduate Research

The Digital Humanities Lab works with a cohort of 30-40 undergraduate research associates (UROPs) every semester. These students build their programming skills as they create new tools that address pressing questions in the humanities. UROPs collaborate with faculty, expert programmers, and fellow undergraduate researchers on creative solutions to interdisciplinary challenges. In 2022-2023, UROPs had the opportunity to work on visual analysis, machine learning, mapping, and more! In Spring 2023, we also ran a new class, Encoding Culture (21H.S05), that combined coding and the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Check out the class website for more information!

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Members of the lab working together on their computers

Faculty Research

Every year, the Programs in Digital Humanities at MIT invite faculty and teaching staff of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences to propose projects to conduct in the lab the following year. DH Faculty Fellows work closely with UROPs, postdocs, and the lab’s technical staff to create innovative digital projects to further their research and teaching. Through deep collaboration and ongoing communication, faculty and students produce cutting-edge digital humanities research tools.

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