Ph.D. Candidate Micki Kaufman Receives Prestigious Award for 'Quantifying Kissinger' Project

Ph.D. candidate Micki Kaufman (History), a former GC Digital Fellow, was recently awarded the Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize from the Association for Computers and the Humanities.
The prize will help fund Kaufman’s project, “Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me: Quantifying Kissinger.”

[Watch the introductory video.]
“Scarcity of information is a common frustration for historians,” Kaufman writes in her introduction to the project. “For students of 20th- and 21st-century history, the opposite problem is also increasingly common…[they are] overwhelmed instead by a deluge of information and confronted by a vast field of haystacks within which they must locate the needles…”
Kaufman's project is an application of computational text analysis techniques to research the Digital National Security Archive’s recently released Kissinger Collections, which include approximately 18,200 meeting memoranda ("memcons") and teleconference transcripts ("telcons") detailing Kissinger’s correspondence from 1968 to 1977.
The Young Scholar Prize recognizes an individual who "has contributed in a significant way to scholarship at a humanities conference using digital technology” and provides up to €750 in funding. It is awarded by the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the U.S.-based professional society for digital humanities, and sponsored by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.
"I am so proud of Micki, as everyone at the Graduate Center has reason to be,” said Matthew K. Gold, director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab and associate professor of English and digital humanities at the Graduate Center. “And I am also proud that the Graduate Center has so strongly supported her work — nurturing it and providing a place for it to incubate and grow."

Submitted on: JUN 10, 2015

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