My Journey to the Digital Humanities: The Story of a Double Major

by Helen Foley
Published December 1, 2020

Every time I tell someone I double majored in Economics and English, I receive the same reactions: “Oh wow, what an interesting pairing,” or “Huh. Wow. I wouldn’t have expected those two to go together.” In the simplest terms, the majority of people I engage with have trouble understanding how a “soft” humanities subject like […]

U. Miami Campus Survey: Research and Fun with the ‘Canes!

by Francesca Battista and Ashley Hemm
Published July 22, 2020

In Spring 2020, the University of Miami (UM) team joined the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in conducting human subjects research, following in the footsteps of their 2019 pilot project focusing on the role of the humanities in society. Because our team is a bit smaller than UCSB’s, all of the research assistants at […]

What I’ve Learned from Working “Extra” Remotely

by Dieyun Song
Published July 23, 2020

The pandemic has made working remotely a norm for most. The Pacific Ocean and 6,000+ miles, however, have made my work “extra” remote since I’m halfway across the globe in Beijing. I coordinate with colleagues in three time zones, including EDT, CDT, and PDT. Although I’m 15 hours ahead of California, living in the “future” […]

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UCSB’s “What’s Your Major?” Panel: A Major Success!

by Helen Foley and Jessica Gang
Published July 14th, 2020

Putting into practice the goal of turning research into action, the Human Subjects Team1 of the WhatEvery1Says Project (WE1S) at UC Santa Barbara recently hosted a panel event called “‘What’s Your Major?’: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation about ‘Major’ (Mis)conceptions at UCSB”. The event was developed in response to early findings from the undergraduate survey our team […]

Reading Communities: The Social Life of Literature in a Time of Social Distancing

by Abigail Droge
Published April 21, 2020

As a way of documenting the experience of teaching during COVID-19, I want to share the WE1S-affiliated class that I am currently adapting to an online format: “Reading Communities: The Social Life of Literature.” The topic of “reading communities” has been a surprisingly poignant one to examine within a quarantined environment. I ask my students […]

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WE1S to Develop “Research-to-Action Toolkits”

by Abigail Droge
Published January 20, 2020

WhatEvery1Says is excited to announce that the project will be developing and launching a series of Research-to-Action Toolkits in 2020 to present our research findings. Each Toolkit will be structured with a specific audience in mind, ranging from student journalists to state humanities councils, and will consist of a series of “cards”: easy-to-read, one-page synopses […]

Using Grounded Theory to Construct the WE1S Hand-Codebook

by Rebecca Baker
Published January 4th, 2020

Introduction What counts as viable knowledge and “good” scholarship varies considerably from discipline to discipline–and for every scholar working within the context of the digital humanities (or any other humanities field with interdisciplinary inclinations) this eventually means running up against the snarly question of qualitative vs. quantitative data. Despite our reliance on textual evidence, carefully […]

Members of the UCSB Human Subjects Research Team

Announcing WE1S Human Subjects Research

Published December 5, 2019

In the spring of 2019, WE1S launched a human subjects research pilot project focused on the role of the humanities in the UCSB community. The Human Subjects Research team (led by postdoc Abigail Droge), formulated a Qualtrics survey inviting undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to share their personal experiences and […]

Word Embeddings of College and University Mission Statements: Preliminary Findings

by Susan (Su) Burtner and Giorgina Paiella
Published August 28, 2019

Introduction   The WE1S Identity and Inclusion team (of which we are a part) is focused on research outputs centered on how gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity factor into humanities discourse. Our core questions of interest include: How are different gender and ethnic groups positioned in relation to the humanities in public discourse? What kind […]