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Confirmed speakers

Rachael Barlow has worked in higher education for 14 years in a variety of capacities: teaching research methods, conducting institutional research, providing support as a data librarian, and managing a variety of assessment projects and re-accreditation processes. She regularly conducts workshops on the art of interviewing and spent the last few years teaching classes on building e-portfolios to develop students’ integrative learning skills. In her new role at Wesleyan University, she is working to build capacity for direct assessment projects at the department level and exploring how one might assess general education at an institution with an open curriculum.

Paulina Borrego Paulina Borrego is a Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a Masters of Library Science from Simmons College and a Masters of Natural Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Soon after becoming a librarian in 2007, she took on the role of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Librarian at UMass Amherst where she helps patrons with a variety of patent and trademark questions. Before becoming a librarian she was a high school chemistry and mathematics teacher for about 20 years.


Philip Cohen Philip N. Cohen is a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the founder of SocArXiv. He is the author of The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change and the co-editor of Contexts magazine. In addition to many academic publications, his essays have appeared the New York Times, Washington Post, and Atlantic, among other sites. He also writes the Family Inequality blog.

Anastasia “Stacy” Collins is the Liaison Librarian for Social Work at the Simmons College Beatley Library where she provides research, teaching, and learning support to students and faculty with an emphasis in critical information literacy and anti-oppressive education.

Maric KramerMaric Kramer is a social sciences librarian at Brandeis University, working with the Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and Latin American & Latino Studies, as well as with the Heller School for Social Policy & Management.  In library instruction, she employs a critical perspective and active learning techniques to empower students to define and progress toward their own goals, while considering the forces at play in their information environments. She also co-authored a chapter in the recent ACRL publication Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships Within the Frameworks.

Dan Daniel T. O’Brien is the Research Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University.  Dan O’Brien joined the Northeastern faculty in 2014 from Harvard University where he was the research director for the Boston Area Research Initiative. In this role he led and coordinated a range of interdisciplinary projects that bring together local researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the study of Boston. His research uses large, administrative data sets (i.e., “Big Data”) in conjunction with traditional methodologies to explore the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods, particularly surrounding “broken windows theory.” Much of his current work builds on a recent paper, “Ecometrics in the Age of Big Data,” (co-authored with Robert J. Sampson and Christopher Winship) that presents a methodology for measuring neighborhood characteristics in the digital age.

Courtney Soderberg Courtney Soderberg is the Statistical and Methodological Consultant at the Center for Open Science. The COS is a non-profit in Charlottesville, Virginia dedicated to increasing the openness, transparency, and reproducibility of science. She heads their training programs for reproducible research methods and serves as an in-house statistical expert, aiding in the statistical analysis and project design for the Center’s large scale metascience projects. Courtney has a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from UC Davis.

Dawn StahuraDawn Stahura is a Research and Instruction Librarian for the Social Sciences (WGST, Sociology, Psychology, Behavioral Analysis, Education, and African Studies) and the Zine Librarian at Simmons College. She is an adjunct instructor for the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons teaching a course on reference and information sources. Aside from research consultations and instruction sessions, she works closely with several faculty members to embed zines into their course curricula. Partnering with the Coordinator of Violence Prevention Outreach at Simmons allows Dawn to host various zine workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of social justice topics. Outside of work, she is an active zinester tabling at several zine fests throughout the year as well as coordinating zine workshops for several youth organizations in the Boston area. She also founded a nonprofit that raises money and awareness to help young folks who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. She resides in Salem, MA with her husband, two cats, and a feminist dog.

SamSamantha Teixeira is Assistant Professor at the Boston College School of Social work. She employs a variety of methods in her research including photography, community mapping, in-depth interviews, and spatial analysis. Through a mixed methods approach, Dr. Teixeira’s examines topics of place-based, comprehensive community interventions that address neighborhood environmental disparities, youth-led participatory research, and environmental justice interventions and education. She has won many awards for her work, including the University of Pittsburgh Community Practice Award and Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Society for Social Work Research. (faculty page)

Madeline WrableMadeline Wrable is the GIS Specialist for MIT Libraries, with interest in remote sensing and statistics. She is a recent graduate from Tufts University with an MS in environmental health. During this time, she was a GIS lab assistant, a remote sensing TA, and part of a statistics focused research team. Her undergraduate is a BS in applied physics and philosophy from Northeastern University. While most of her higher education has been in the east, she hails from the west. She grew up in Washington State and was born in California. In the winter you will find her skiing, and in the summer she enjoys reading outside.