Humanizing Data Symposium, List of Speakers

Gergely Baics

Gergely Baics is Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies at Barnard College – Columbia University. He is affiliated with the Empirical Reasoning Center at Barnard. His scholarly interests are modern urban history, 19th-century American economic and social history, trans-Atlantic population history, historical GIS, and social science history methods. He has a PhD in History from Northwestern University, and was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. He is the author of Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790-1860 (Princeton University Press, 2016), and his articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Urban HistoryUrban History, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the New-York Historical Society, and the Presidential Research Award at Barnard. Baics is currently at work on a number of H-GIS projects, including a new book, Transitional City: Built Environment and Social Distance in New York, 1840s-1890s, a series of articles co-authored with Leah Meisterlin on mid-19th-century Manhattan, and another project with Meisterlin and Mikkel Thelle on mapping Copenhagen in the late 19th to early 20th century.

Julian Chambliss

Twitter: @JulianChambliss
Instagram: @jchambliss2099

Julian C. Chambliss is Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  His research and teaching focus on urban culture and development in the United States.

A teacher-scholar concerned with community and identity, he has designed numerous digital history projects that trace black community development in Florida. He is co-recipient of an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) & Research 1 University Mellon Foundation Collaborative Project grant to explore the creation of digital collaborative ventures to enhance undergraduate engagement with diaspora topics and texts, co-recipient of an ACS Mellon Foundation Faculty Renewal Grant for Project Mosaic: Zora Neale Hurston: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of African-American Culture, a digital project exploring African-American experience and an ACS Faculty Advancement Grant for Urban Dreams and Urban Disruptions: Transforming Travel Study and Undergraduate Archival Research with Collaborative Interdisciplinary Digital Tools.

Project: Black Social World
Advocated RecoveredA Digital Newspaper Recovery
Urban Bulletin Audio Doc Project: Defining the C in CLT  / Alternative Sources: The Community Land TrustCompare Housing in Winter Park
Beyond the Color Line Pop-Up Exhibit

Jane Choe

Jane Choe is currently a junior undergraduate student at NYU Gallatin, studying Computer Science and also exploring initiatives in how software can benefit a city, especially through humanitarian projects. She also serves as the Event Coordinator for Women in Computing and is part of NYU ACM. She spent one semester in Abu Dhabi, UAE where she participated in the NYU Abu Dhabi Hackathon for Social Good and helped her team place second in the Dubai Women in STEM Hackathon.

Caleb Elfenbein

Twitter: @elfenchi
Instagram: @elfenchi

Caleb Elfenbein is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Grinnell College, where he also directs the Center for the Humanities. Trained in religious studies at Harvard Divinity School and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Elfenbein’s research interests include modern imperial history in the Middle East, Islamist thought, religion in the public sphere, and the ethics of cross-cultural analysis. His work has appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, and The Muslim World. He is currently working on a digital humanities project mapping Islamophobia and the conditions of public life in the United States.


Noah Fuller

Noah Fuller is a curator and artist working in Brooklyn and an inaugural member of NYU’s Art, Education & Community Practice master’s program.

Elizabeth Heard

Elizabeth Heard is a doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at NYU and an adjunct instructor at NYU’s department of Media, Culture, and Communication.

Jonathan Ned Katz

Jonathan Ned Katz is an independent scholar, historian, and visual artist. He is the founder and a codirector of, the website on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual history that went online in 2008.  He has published four books on the history of sexuality and intimacy: Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality (2001); The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995); Gay/Lesbian Almanac (1983), and Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (1976). In 2013 the first solo exhibit of Katz’ visual art was held at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, curated by the noted art historian Jonathan David Katz (no relation). In conjunction with that show Jonathan Ned Katz published Coming of Age in Greenwich Village: A Memoir with Paintings.   


Kimon Keramidas

Twitter: @kimonizer
Course site:

Kimon Keramidas is Associate Director and Clinical Assistant Professor in NYU’s John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program. He is a cultural historian of media and technology whose teaching and work covers a wide range of topics and disciplines including digital humanities, personal computing and interface design, technology and pedagogy, media materiality, and intellectual property. Current projects include work co-curating an exhibition with the Freer|Sackler Asian Art Galleries of the Smithsonian Institute, work as co-intestigator on the public history and design project History Moves, and a collaboration with the web site He is also co-founder of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and the organization New York City Digital Humanities.

Jenny Kijowski

Twitter: @digitalgallatin @jennykijowski

Jenny is NYU Gallatin’s Educational Technologist. She is responsible for facilitating the development of pedagogically driven, technology-enhanced teaching practices in the classroom and beyond. She previously served as an Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College, and received her doctorate in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research examines war, trauma, gender, and technology.


Heather Lee

Heather Lee is an assistant professor of history at NYU Shanghai. She is completing a book on the history of Chinese restaurants in New York City. She is exploring a second project on food rationing and the consequences on urban food provisioning and consumption. She is also developing a historical database of immigrant restaurants, which she will make publicly available through an interactive digital platform. Her research has been featured in NPR, Atlantic magazine, and Gastropod, a podcast on food science and history. She has advised and curated exhibitions, including shows at the New York Historical Society, the National Museum of American History, and the Museum of Chinese in America.

Cindy Li

Cindy Li is a final year BA-MA student at NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Previous research range from the future of neoliberal ecocities to presentations of masculinity and sexuality in E-sports. In the Queering the Web course, the focus is on queer homeless youth and survival work in New York City, and changes in cinema from the 1980s to the present regarding representations of Black/PoC relationships.

Erin McElroy

Twitter: @antievictionmap

Erin McElroy is cofounder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project – a data visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling collective documenting the dispossession and resistance of primarily San Francisco Bay Area residents upon gentrifying landscapes. The AEMP emerged in 2013 in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0, seeking to utilize collaborative and anticapitalist approaches to technology, analyzing the racial and spatial imbrications of corporate technology and real estate speculation. Committed to producing data with (rather than for) those most impacted by the current gentrification crisis, the AEMP additionally engages numerous collaborators to produce tools and geographies useful to movement building. Erin is also a doctoral candidate in UC Santa Cruz’s Feminist Studies department, engaging postsocialist analytics to theorize techno-utopic/dystopic geographies of Silicon Valley and Romania. Erin’s work has received support from the Creative Work Fund, the Kala Art Institute, the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship, and the YBCA100 Award, and the AEMP has received recognition from the American Studies Association’s Susan Garfinkel Digital Humanities Award, the American Association of Geography’s Urban Geography Alternative Geographies Award, Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, and the Harvey Milk Club’s Hank Williams Activist Award.

Recent writing:

Leah Meisterlin

Twitter: @lmeisterlin

Leah Meisterlin is an urbanist, GIS methodologist, and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Broadly, her research engages concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space.  Meisterlin edited Comments on Foreclosed (2013) and coauthored The Buell Hypothesis: Rehousing the American Dream (2011). Her articles have been published in The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Avery Review, and the ARPA Journal, and her work has appeared in exhibition internationally including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and, recently, at the Oslo Architecture Triennale. Her present research explores the ways in which digital technologies are restructuring urban spatial politics and altering methods, both contemporary and historical, of urban research. She is currently developing several GIS-based methodological projects on representation and social context including Distanced: Intersectionality and Gendered Experiences of American Urban Space supported by Columbia University’s Office of the Provost, as well as ongoing collaborative research with Gergely Baics and others.

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Twitter: @jellyschapiro

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of “Island People: The Caribbean and the World” (Knopf, 2016) and the co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of “Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas” (California, 2016).  His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Believer, The Nation, Artforum, American Quarterly and Transition, among many other publications, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council. He earned his PhD in geography at UC-Berkeley, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.

Project: Nonstop Metropolis

Molly Elizabeth Smith

Molly Elizabeth Smith is a BA student at NYU Gallatin and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar.

Vicky Steeves

Twitter: @VickySteeves

Vicky Steeves is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, a joint appointment between NYU’s Division of Libraries and Center for Data Science. In this role, she works supporting researchers in creating well-managed, high quality, and reproducible research through facilitating use of tools such as ReproZip, the Open Science Framework, and many others. Vicky is an open research advocate and as such, much of her own research centers around open-source tool and infrastructure building and support, as well as open access scholarly publishing, including the publishing of non-article research outputs.

Projects:,, &

Jack Tchen

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is a facilitator, teacher, historian, curator, re-organizer, and dumpster diver. He works on understanding the multiple presents, pasts, the futures of New York City, identity formations, trans-local cross-cultural communications, archives and epistemologies, and progressive pedagogy. He also works on decolonizing Eurocentric ideas, theories, and practices and making our cultural organizations and institutions more representative and democratic. Professor Tchen is the founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Studies Program and Institute at New York University and part of the original founding faculty of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU. He co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1979-80 where he continues to serve as senior historian. He is co-principle investigator of “Asian Americas and Pacific Islanders Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight” produced with The College Board. He has been building research collections of Asians in the Americas. In doing so, he has critically examined practices of collections and archives to make sense of how we come to know what we know, and don’t know.

Nicholas Wolf

Twitter: @nicholasmwolf

Nicholas Wolf is a library faculty member at New York University and affiliated faculty of Glucksman Ireland House, where he serves as a research data management librarian and as a subject liaison for Irish Studies. He completed his PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a specialist in the cultural and linguistic history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland. He is the author of An Irish-Speaking Island (2014), a social and cultural history of Ireland’s Irish-language community that was awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture and the Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Books. His research into the social and cultural history of the Irish language, Irish Catholicism, and Ireland’s population history has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York University’s Research Challenge Fund, the Newberry Library, and Newman College at the University of Melbourne. In addition to his research, he serves as the assistant editor of the journal Éire-Ireland, the web editor for the American Conference for Irish Studies, and as co-chair of the collections committee for the HathiTrust digital library.