Digital Humanities

Redlining and rentals

Historian Brent Cebul in the School of Arts & Sciences is working on a new digital mapping project looking at the impact of Federal Housing Administration policies on the availability of affordable rental housing post-World War II. 

Kristen de Groot

Measuring readers of romance

Researchers at Penn's Price Lab for Digital Humanities conducted a quantitative analysis of the romance genre, studying thousands of avid readers and the hundreds of thousands of books in their collections in Goodreads

Louisa Shepard

Mapping the Mughal empire

This summer, professor of South Asia studies Ramya Sreenivasan worked with four undergraduates to get behind the façade of the Mughal military conquest state, using GIS and deep mapping to ascertain how the empire was formed and maintained.

Kristina García

In the News

The Conversation

Tucker Carlson departure and Fox News’ pricey legal woes show the problem with faking ‘authenticity’

Emily Hund of the Annenberg School for Communication says that society loves the idea of people being themselves.


Philadelphia Inquirer

The U.S. is considering a TikTok ban. Philadelphia content creators don’t care

Postdoctoral fellow Frances Corry of the Annenberg School for Communication says that TikTok isn’t going anywhere and that the U.S. needs to include Silicon Valley’s major social media platforms in a conversation about data collection and consumer protection.


Inside Higher Ed

Digital Humanities for Social Good

Penn’s Data Refuge project, which archives public climate-change data, was highlighted as an example of digital humanities work “responding to our contemporary moment.”


Chronicle of Higher Education

From Doctoral Study to … Digital Humanities

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Stewart Varner explained that “digital humanities” isn’t technically a field on its own. “But,” said Varner, “it is often treated as such by people who consider themselves digital humanists as well as those who adamantly do not.”



Want to Change Facebook? Don’t Delete Your Account—Use It for Good

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Sandra González-Bailón and Ph.D. candidate Ashley E. Gorham wrote that the movement to delete Facebook profiles to protest privacy violations is self-defeating. The authors say that a more effective option would be using the site as a tool to deliver a collective demand for democratization.