Hi! I’m Zoe.
I’m currently a digital humanities developer at the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia. In this position, I work on building large data pipelines for humanities text data, web apps for mapping and data visualization, and statistical modeling for text and image analysis projects. I consult with undergraduate, graduate, and faculty at UVA and beyond, and I teach workshops in wide range of digital humanities topics. In the fall 2018, I’m developing an intensive programming course for graduate students in the humanities.
I’m also entering my final year as a doctoral candidate in history at Vanderbilt University . My dissertation, “Circulating Anti-Colonial Cairo”, is about Cairo’s role as a hub for international anti-colonial movements and anti-colonial media production. I explore how the establishment of the Middle East News Agency in Cairo in 1955 was a vehicle for the UAR to present a counter narrative to the perceived biased coverage from Western press agencies. I trace how the discourses and imagery in Cairo print media changed from 1948 and the early revolution to the late 1960s and early 1970s as Egypt transitioned away from the socialism of the Nasserist era. Ultimately, I argue that anti-colonialism was both locally constructed and deeply enmeshed in international debates over the future of decolonization. I work primarily in print newspapers and periodicals from Cairo and other Third World capitals, as well diplomatic cables from Western embassies in Cairo and Western newspapers. Under the hood of the project, I rely on a web app I built to manage my data, and extract text and images from my archival research. I also utilize statistical models, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision algorithms to understand how discourses and symbolism in these sources changed over time.
Hope you say hi back 👋!
|January 2019||Presenting at the American Historical Association in Chicago|
|May 2018||Invited to give a workshop on networks and digital history at Carnegie Mellon University. Materials here https://github.com/ZoeLeBlanc/Networks_and_Digital_History|
|October 2017||Started a new job as a digital humanities developer in the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia 🎉|