Data & Donuts

Data & Donuts is a semi-monthly learning and discussion group that offers a welcoming space to engage critically with issues of data and society. Since Fall 2018, we have invited an array of researchers, practitioners, and students to present and facilitate discussion (listed below). Check out our event calendar for a schedule of upcoming meetings. For further details, contact Alessandra Seiter, Knowledge Services Librarian.

Guests & Resources

December 11, 2020

Melissa Jones, member of the Coronavirus Visualization Team at Harvard, on data visualization of socioeconomic and health disparities within marginalized communities during COVID-19 (video recording available on demand)

November 13, 2020

Sabelo Mhlambi, Fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center and Technology & Human Rights Fellow at HKS' Carr Center, on using indigenous ethical models to create an equitable internet (video recording available on demand)

November 6, 2020

Moses Karanja, PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Toronto, on digital identification data in Africa and its encounters with global finance practices (video recording available on demand)


October 30, 2020

Khahlil Louisy, President of the Institute for Technology & Global Health and Technology & Human Rights Fellow at HKS' Carr Center, on data-informed COVID policy design regarding the pandemic's disproportionate impact on marginalized communities (video recording available on demand)

October 23, 2020

Jennifer Pierre, UX Researcher and PhD, on data-centered participatory research design and epistemic burden (video recording available on demand)

April 10, 2020

Gabby Lim, Researcher at the Shorenstein Center's Technology & Social Change (TaSC) Project, on using data to study information controls (video recording available on demand)

April 3, 2020

Jennifer Weintraub & Pablo Morales Henry, #MeToo Project team at Schlesinger Library, on archiving social media & movement data (video recording available on request)

December 6, 2019

Annie White, Senior Product Manager at the Harvard Growth Lab, on using data to inform sustainable economic development

November 22, 2019

Alessandra Seiter, Knowledge Services Librarian at HKS Library & Knowledge Services, on smart cities and participatory planning

October 15, 2019

Steph Nguyen, Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab, on data literacy and privacy

October 1, 2019

Matt Smith, Principal Data Scientist with the City of Boston, on civic data

April 12, 2019

Padmashree Gehl Sampath and Paola Ricaurte, with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, on reclaiming the data commons

February 15, 2019

Daniel Scarnecchia, Researcher with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Signal Program, on open data, surveillance, and humanitarian aid

L. Kelly Fitzpatrick, open access and digital collections specialist, on Harvard Library Innovation Lab's Caselaw Access Project

February 1, 2019

Nasser EledroosTechnology Fellow with the ACLU of Massachusetts, on data-driven advocacy

November 30, 2018

Richard Pope, former digital HKS Research Fellow

November 2, 2018

Momin M. Malik, Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow

October 19, 2018

Yaso Córdova, digital HKS Research Fellow

September 28, 2018

Di Luong, Media Mobilizing Project, on data and algorithmic justice

September 14, 2018