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Rachel Daniell

Postdoctoral Fellow


Rachel Daniell is a researcher, writer, and social scientist interested in temporality, spatiality, data-driven storytelling, and critical cartography as they intersect with human rights, social justice, and historical memory. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and MS in Data Analytics and Visualization from Pratt Institute with an Advanced Certificate in Spatial Analysis and Design. Coming from an interdisciplinary background that includes data projects related to human rights, publications on social memory, qualitative research, and over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she is passionately interested in the ways we structure information and the impact of those choices on sociocultural and sociopolitical life. Her current research involves examining how systems for organizing spatial-temporal data, such as GIS, work within and around narrative to contribute to our understanding of human rights violations, underrepresented histories, and imaginaries for potential futures. At Pratt she works with students to help them produce their own data-driven storytelling and analysis projects using GIS and information visualization tools, such as QGIS, Mapbox, Leaflet, and Tableau.

PhD, Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; MS, Data Analytics & Visualization with Certificate in Spatial Analysis & Design, Pratt Institute School of Information; MA, Liberal Studies-International Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Graduate Certificate, Media and Social Change, The New School; BA, Comparative Literature, NYU