Humanities Research Lab: Studying Immigrant Cities

  • Documenting the impact of immigrants to New York City

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As the digital teaching arm of a multi-campus NYU project, this project will bring together students, faculty, and staff to research the significance immigrants to New York City, focusing especially on the 19th century through present day. This is done by going through different kinds of data available, including physical records, archives, social media, and then using this information, combined with machine learning to create interactive media. 

The main goals of the project are:

  1. to account for and digitize the rich sources at NYU about immigrant communities historically;
  2. to document and collect digitally on contemporary immigrant communities in New York.

Methods & Technologies

  • Social Media/ Technology
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Processing
  • Digital Storytelling
  • History
  • Archival
  • Creative Arts/ Writing
  • VR/AR


  • Digital Outreach
  • Data Processing and Visualization
  • Historical and Cultural Archival

Areas of Interest

  • History
  • Interactive Media Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Liberal Studies
  • Data Science
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Data Visualization


  • NYU School of Arts and Sciences
  • NYU Shanghai
  • NYU Libraries
  • NYU Ireland House
  • NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies

Faculty Advisor

  • Heather Ruth Lee
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