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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 currently an assistant professor of sociology the University of British Columbia. See this Q&A I did with UBC Sociology for more on my research, teaching, and what I hope to accomplish at UBC.

Previously, I was an assistant professor at Northeastern University, where I was core faculty at the NULab for Text, Maps, and Networks, a faculty affiliate at the Network Science Institute, and was on the executive committee of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

I'm currently on the editorial board of Sociological Methodology and an associate editor at EPJ Data Science.

Select/Recent Publications:

Recent and Upcoming Talks:

  • January 25, 2022: "Partial Perspectives and Situated Knowledges: Radical Objectivity using Computational Methods." Computational Social Science Forum, hosted by the Computational Social Science Training Program, University of California - Berkeley.
  • May 12, 2022: "Cycles of Conflict, a Century of Continuity: Computational Methods and the Longue DurĂ©e." University of California - San Diego Sociology Colloquium Series.


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