Rachel Daniell, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Pratt School of Information. She is an interdisciplinary scholar interested in temporality, spatiality, documentation, and metadata as they intersect with human rights, social justice, and historical memory.
With a background that includes qualitative data projects, advocacy related to human rights, publications on social memory, and over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she is interested in examining the ways we structure information and the impact of these choices on sociocultural and sociopolitical life.
Her current research explores different systems for organizing information and representations of space, time, and events in data visualization. She also participates in collaborative research work toward more accurate and robust accounting of the deaths of persons in migration at the US-Mexico border as part of a multi-state working group of academic researchers, humanitarian organizations, and medico-legal professionals. In NYC, she is part of the Data Through Design annual exhibition organizing team and works collaboratively with multiple research initiatives at Pratt Institute. She is passionately interested in how different documentation and data projects can contribute to our understanding of underrepresented histories and spark imaginaries for potential futures.
At Pratt she has taught in areas related to information studies, information and human rights, GIS & design, interactive web mapping, web and database technologies, and the underappreciated beauties of data cleaning. In her work with students, she aims to help them hone their technology skills, further their critical approaches, and develop their own projects incorporating data and narrative.
PhD, Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
MS, Data Analytics & Visualization, with Advanced Certificate in Spatial Analysis & Design, Pratt Institute School of Information
Certificate, Media & Social Change, The New School
BA, Comparative Literature, NYU