'Quantifying Kissinger' Earns International Accolades for Ph.D. Candidate Micki Kaufman

Ph.D. candidate Micki Kaufman (History) was named recipient of the prestigious Paul Fortier Prize in Australia this week, the latest in a string of accolades for her “Quantifying Kissinger” project.
The announcement was made at the Digital Humanities 2015 conference, where Kaufman won best paper. The annual event draws hundreds of young scholars from around the world.
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.
“I am so proud to represent our one-of-a-kind program,” said Kaufman, a former GC Digital Fellow. “This acknowledgement of my research is an acknowledgement of the Digital GC. [I am] so excited for what is to come, and to contribute to our shared mission of transforming humanities education.”
The prize, presented annually by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO), honors Paul Fortier (1939-2005) of the University of Manitoba. A professor of French, Fortier was known for his “long, active career in Humanities Computing … and his kind encouragement and support for fledgling scholars in the field,” according to the ADHO.
Kaufman was also recently awarded the Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize from the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Submitted on: JUL 6, 2015

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