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Catherine D'Ignazio        

Assistant Professor of Urban Science & Planning at MIT; Director of the Data + Feminism Lab

Catherine D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She is also Director of the Data + Feminism Lab which uses data and computational methods to work towards gender and racial equity, particularly as they relate to space and place. D’Ignazio is a scholar, artist/designer, and hacker who focuses on feminist technology, data literacy, and civic engagement.

She has run reproductive justice hackathons, designed global news recommendation systems, created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures, and led walking data visualizations to envision the future of sea-level rise. With Rahul Bhargava, she built the platform, a suite of tools and activities to introduce newcomers to data science. Her 2020 book "Data Feminism," co-authored with Lauren Klein, charts a course for more ethical and empowering data science practices. Her research at the intersection of technology, design & social justice has been published in the Journal of Peer Production, the Journal of Community Informatics, and the proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM SIGCHI). Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation,, and the Knight Foundation and exhibited at the Venice Biennial and the ICA Boston.

Prior to joining MIT, D’Ignazio was an Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College in the Journalism Department, taught for seven years in the Digital + Media graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design and did freelance software development for more than ten years. She holds an MS from the MIT Media Lab, an MFA from Maine College of Art, and a BA in International Relations (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Tufts University. D’Ignazio speaks English, Spanish and French and has lived in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Catalunya.

She is a co-founder of the globally unknown spatial justice collective the Institute for Infinitely Small Things and an organizer with the Public Laboratory for Open Technology & Science. D’Ignazio is a proud board member of Indigenous Women Rising, an organization working to advance Native & Indigenous People’s inherent right to equitable and culturally safe health options.


'Smart cities' urged to look beyond rich, white men - Reuters

“My fear is that smart cities end up benefiting the elite white men,” said Catherine D'Ignazio, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

WIRED's 13 Must-Read Books for Spring | WIRED

In their new book, Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein lay out a plan to fix it, and boy, are some tech bros not gonna like it. According to the authors, the ...

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