Dr. Claudia von Vacano

Executive Director of the D-Lab and the Digital Humanities, UC Berkeley
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Dr. Claudia von Vacano is the Executive Director of the Social Science Data Lab known as the D-Lab and the Digital Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, and is on the board of the Social Science Matrix and the Berkeley Center for New Media. She has worked in leadership positions in policy and educational administration since 2000, and at the UC Office of the President and UC Berkeley since 2006.

Claudia developed the core curriculum for the Digital Humanities Summer Only Minor and Certificate program at UC Berkeley.  Claudia is the lead online course developer of the SAGE Campus, “Introduction to Applied Data Science Methods for Social Scientists,” (https://campus.sagepub.com/introduction-to-data-science-for-social-scientists/) and a reviewer of the Oxford University Press online course on reproducibility, and she is the principal investigator on the Online Hate Index research project in partnership with ADL https://www.adl.org/resources/reports/the-online-hate-index.

Claudia's degrees are from Stanford University in Learning, Design, and Technology (Master's) and from UC Berkeley in Policy, Organizations, Measurement, and Evaluation (Ph.D.). Her expertise is in digitally-inflected research methodology and her content expertise is online learning, language acquisition, and organizational behavior. She also has expertise in higher educational policy with an emphasis in California.

Claudia’s research and programs include international partnerships with Escola Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil; Media Lab Sciences Po, Paris, France; Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Universidad de Málaga, Málaga, Spain; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany; and Heidelberg University, Germany.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, among others, have recognized her scholarly work and service.