LAUREN M. CHAMBERS
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Hello!

Beginning in Fall 2021, I will be pursuing a PhD at the UC Berkeley School of Information, where I will work with Professor Deirdre Mulligan to study data, technology, and sociopolitical advocacy.

I am currently the staff technologist at the ACLU of Massachusetts in Boston, where I work on the Technology for Liberty Project directed by Kade Crockford. My role includes exploring and visualizing government data in order to inform citizens about the effects of legislation and political leadership, managing our Data for Justice site, and generally supporting ACLUM campaigns that operate at the intersection of technology and civil liberties. I am also an affiliate of the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society for the 2020-21 academic year.

My personal experience leaving astronomy and finding a job applying quantitative analytic methods to social problems was far from straightforward -- for those interested in pursuing similar questions, I maintain a webpage of organizations, programs, and thinkers who work at the convergence of data/tech/computation and society/justice/ethics.

Before joining the ACLU, I was a Research and Instrument Analyst for the James Webb Space Telescope mission at Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally from Hampton, VA, I received my B.S. from Yale in 2017, where I double-majored in astrophysics and African American studies.

I invite you to listen to a civic technology podcast that I was recently a guest on where I discuss my experiences as a Black woman in astronomy, my journey into public interest, and our data advocacy work at ACLU-MA:

I am immensely passionate about working towards equity and inclusion in all of the spaces that I occupy.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries!

P.S. Two of my favorite things are Wikipedia (hmm?) and Google Maps. I actively curate three maps with my recommendations for where to eat and what to do in Boston, Baltimore, and NYC.