ECDS introduces 2018-2019 digital scholarship fellows

Emory University doctoral candidates in sociology and political science are joining the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) as digital scholarship fellows for the 2018-2019 year.

ECDS offers fellowships annually in partnership with the Laney Graduate School. Fellows in the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) (2 fellows—Data Services and Digital Humanities) support projects in digital scholarship, computer-based research, and electronic publishing such as the Emory Libraries and ECDS open access digital publications, born-digital multimedia projects, and digital archives.  ECDS Fellows collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of researchers, librarians, writers, and technologists; and they serve as project researchers, content administrators, editorial associates, and reviewers for the academic year.  Fellows learn about changing practices, platforms, and products of digital scholarship and gain training in project development, project management, developmental editing, online presentation and digital archiving.

John Bernau

headshot of John Bernau wearing a white shirt and blue blazer

John is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. He studies how groups use language to solve social problems. His previous research has examined (1) how modern states differ in their public interpretations of national disasters, and (2) how country musicians use linguistic codes to signal group membership. In his dissertation (3) he develops a method for anchoring multiple word embedding spaces using the cosine similarity of target words. He uses this approach to examine the American language of death and dying as it fluctuates in semantic-syntactic language space over time.

He is passionate about data visualization and research methods and has led over 20 hours of training workshops in R. As part of his new role at the center, he will join the editorial staff of Atlanta Studies, an open-access web-based journal committed to advancing interdisciplinary scholarship. Bernau: “I look forward to the coming year and the many exciting opportunities on the horizon!”

Josh Fjelstul

Headshot of Josh wearing plaid shirt and grey blazer.Josh is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Emory University and expects to receive his PhD in the Spring of 2019. He studies the political economy of economic integration, the political economy of noncompliance with international law, and the judicial politics of international and constitutional courts using a combination of game theory and quantitative methods.

His work centers on how international institutions facilitate regional economic integration. He studies the political economy of why states violate economic agreements, the conditions under which international organizations effectively monitor and prosecute noncompliance, and the mechanisms by which international courts constrain the economic policies of states.

Josh specializes in quantitative data analysis, data visualization, and text analysis. In his role at ECDS, he will be providing data services (finding, cleaning, and manipulating data) for Emory faculty and students. He will also be teaching workshops on R programming.