Faculty Selected for CDHI Working Group in Data Studies

Samantha august

The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) welcomes the inaugural members of its Faculty Working Group in Data Studies. Melanie Feinberg, Jan Hannig, Tessa Joseph-Nicholas, Courtney Rivard, and Ryan Shaw will meet monthly during the academic year to focus on integrating data studies into arts and humanities curricula.

This interdisciplinary team will investigate the ways that data is changing scholarship and learning at UNC and beyond. They will also develop curricular resources that will help bring data studies into the classroom.

Jan Hannig (Statistics and Operations Research) brings to the group expertise as a mathematical statistician working on foundations of statistics. Hanning also has interests in music and the arts, making him an ideal fit for this interdisciplinary team.

Tessa Joseph-Nicholas (Computer Science), as the Director of Digital Arts and Humanities Projects in the department of Computer Science, brings experience with data science projects and curricula to the group. She will work to translate her experience developing a data science graduate certificate and professional master’s degree to the undergraduate level.

Courtney Rivard (English and Comparative Literature) believes that “the emerging technologies that facilitate analyzing big data in the service of arts and humanities are in the process of changing the way we think about teaching and research.” She is interested in analyzing metadata, digital literacy, and multimodal composition.

Melanie Feinberg and Ryan Shaw (School of Information and Library Science) share an interest in knowledge organization, or how data is “made.” They envision collaborating with the working group to create activities that can spur critical engagement with data and help students to imagine new ways of capturing it, representing it, manipulating, and using it.

For questions about the Faculty Working Group, please contact Malina Chavez (malina@unc.edu) or Daniel Anderson (iamdan@unc.edu).

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