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In Memoriam

Ángel David Nieves

Ángel David Nieves was a cherished member of the NULab community. When he came to Northeastern in 2020 as part of a cluster hire in the Digital Humanities, he immediately stepped into so many leadership roles that his many titles became a running joke––Dean’s Professor of Public and Digital Humanities, Professor of Africana Studies and History, Affiliate Professor in the Department of English and in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Director of the Graduate Program in Public History, and Director of the Humanities Center. These titles show us the many communities he led and supported on campus, but they do not fully capture the important role he played in so many of our lives. Within the NULab community Ángel was a tireless advocate, an eager collaborator, a generous teacher, and a valued friend. Despite his many obligations, he always made time to attend events and serve on committees and he was a champion for the DITI and NULab in the many wider communities that he touched. As a mentor he was enormously supportive of colleagues and especially graduate students—a source of wise advice and practical guidance. Though he was only part of the NULab community for three years, his legacy will be long-lasting and we will hold his place among us as we strive to embody his generosity of spirit and as we continue his fierce advocacy for justice.