Workshop Organizer


Ruha Benjamin

Ruha is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she examines the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology. She is the author of People’s Science and Race After Technology and editor of Captivating Technology. She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.

During the academic year of 2018-2019, Ruha is serving as a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH). She has collaborated with the CDH to put on the December 2018 JUST DATA Lab workshop. Ruha believes that scholars need to work to expand and retool social science communication. She hopes the JUST DATA Lab effort will inspire a more holistic, humanistic approach to data conception, production, and circulation as part of a broader movement for black lives.


Guest Speakers


Max Clermont

Max Clermont is head of policy and strategy for Data for Black Lives in Cambridge, MA. Prior to his role at D4BL, Max served as chief of staff at the University of Chicago Medicine's Trauma Center. He is a former project manager with 270 Strategies, a public engagement firm in Chicago, IL that works with political campaigns, causes, and companies all over the world. Before joining 270, Max was a Regional Field Director in Florida for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He has previously held positions with the 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committee, Brown University's School of Public Health, Partners In Health, Pencils of Promise, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Max is inspired by work that protects rights, promotes equity and closes the representation gap across systems. Max holds a B.A. and M.P.H. from Brown University’s School of Public Health with a concentration in health services, policy & practice.


Lucas Mason Brown

Lucas Mason-Brown is a PhD student in mathematics at MIT and co-founder of Data for Black Lives. His academic work investigates the mathematical concept of symmetry and the role that it plays in classical and quantum mechanics. Previously, Lucas taught seventh grade math at a public school in Boston. As an undergraduate, Lucas deciphered a 17th century code developed by the founder of Rhode Island and published a book on his findings: Decoding Roger Williams: the Lost Essay of Rhode Island’s Founding Father. Lucas has a B.Sc. in mathematics from Brown University and a M.Sc. in mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin.


Carla Shedd

Carla Shedd is Associate Professor of Sociology & Urban Education at The Graduate Center, CUNY whose research and teaching focus on: crime and criminal justice; race and ethnicity; law and society; social inequality; and urban policy. Shedd’s first book, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice, examines the symbiosis between public school systems and the criminal justice system, specifically highlighting the racially stratified social and physical terrain youth traverse between home and school in Chicago. Shedd’s second book project, When Protection and Punishment Collide: America’s Juvenile Court System and the Carceral Continuum, interrogates how NYC schools and juvenile justice courts deftly intertwine the contexts of urban schools, urban neighborhoods, and juvenile justice courts, in this dynamic moment of NYC public policy shifts. Shedd received her PhD from Northwestern University and her A.B. in Economics and African American Studies from Smith College.


Lawrence Brown

Dr. Lawrence Brown is an associate professor at Morgan State University.  His scholarly work focuses on the impact of historical trauma on community health, including racial segregation, forced residential displacement, and economic disinvestment.  He also leads a student-driven effort called #BmoreLEADfree to help call for a state of emergency regarding lead poisoning in Baltimore.  He is completing a book that will be called The Black Butterfly: Why We Must Make Black Neighborhoods Matter that will be released in 2019.  He is also an activist for equitable redevelopment in Baltimore communities.

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Mutale Nkonde

Mutale Nkonde is a fellow at Data & Society Research Institute in New York City. She is currently working with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, the only black member of the House Science Technology and Science Committee on the development of legislative agenda focused on reducing the encoding of algorithmic harm into technologically driven public sector decision making.


Sam Sinyangwe

Sam Sinyangwe is a policy analyst and data scientist who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies. Sam has supported movement activists across the country to collect and use data as a tool for fighting police violence through Mapping Police Violence. Previously, Sam worked at PolicyLink to support a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He also worked with city leaders, youth activists and community organizations develop comprehensive agendas to achieve quality education, health, and justice for young black men. He graduated from Stanford University in 2012, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.


Workshop Participants



Jean Bauer

Jim Casey

Lavar Edmonds

Natalia Ermolaev

Cynthia Malone

Rebecca Munson

Roxann Stafford

Kate Stanton

Annette Zimmerman


Ruha Benjamin

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

Naomi Murakawa

Laurence Ralph

Janet Vertesi


Kimberly Bain

Megan Blanchard

Gina DelCorazon

Nyle E. Fort

Joelle Gamble

Kiara Gilbert

Angelika Morris

Cierra Robson

Ezelle Sanford

Fatima Siwaju

Shreya Subramani

Kayla Vinson