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I use computational methods to study social movements, culture, gender, institutions, and the history of feminism. I'm particularly interested in developing transparent and reproducible text analysis methods for sociology using open-source tools.

I'm an assistant professor of sociology at Northeastern University. I am also core faculty at the NULab for Text, Maps, and Networks, I'm a Faculty Affiliate at the Network Science Institute, I'm on the Executive Committee of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and I'm on the Editorial Board of Signs.

Recent Publications:


Recent and Upcoming Talks:


  • December 7: "Finding Simple Patterns in Complex Data," TextXD, Berkeley Institute on Data Science.
  • November 1: "The Future of Coding," Working Group on Computational Social Science, Columbia University.
  • October 17: “Machine Learning is Feminist,” All Boats Rise? Social Capital, Promise and Peril. A one-day, invitation only gathering of scholars, activists, and leaders, Amazon HQ.


Find me on:

Github: lknelson
Twitter: @LauraK_Nelson
ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-8948-300X