Getting Critical with Data: Exploring Identities, Resistance, and Data Justice
The ERC & Personal Librarians will kick off the Getting Critical with Data Series on September 26 from 5 to 6:30 pm! We're excited to welcome guest speakers Joan Mukogosi & Nikita Shepard who will explore the themes of Identities, Resistance, and Data Justice. See their bios below!
The event will be in the ERC computer lab (Milstein 102) and food will be provided!
Joan is a research analyst with the Trustworthy Infrastructures team at Data & Society and a research fellow at the Black Beyond Data Lab. Joan studies issues at the intersection of trust, health, and data with a focus on Black activism and expertise. As a mixed-methods researcher, Joan is interested in understanding how data about race and health are used to inform on-the-ground action to ameliorate health disparities. Joan received her bachelors in global liberal studies from New York University and her masters in sociology from Columbia University where she completed her thesis “The Construction of Black Data Expertise: Black Data Activism During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Nikita Shepard is a PhD candidate in the department of history at Columbia University, researching gender, sexuality, and social movements in the modern United States. Their teaching has covered LGBTQ history, sexuality studies, social and cultural theory, and histories of data, surveillance, and technology. Their writings and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, The Oral History Journal, Social History, Western Historical Quarterly, American Nineteenth Century History, Black Perspectives, Information & Culture, Reviews in Digital Humanities, RFD Magazine, and Spectrum South. Their article on the politics of data, surveillance, and privacy in the early US gay and lesbian movement, forthcoming in the anthology Queer Data Studies on University of Washington Press, won the 2022 Gregory Sprague Prize from the American Historical Association's Committee on LGBT History.