I’m an assistant professor of sociology at Northeastern University. I am also core faculty at the NULab for Text, Maps, and Networks, I’m a Faculty Affiliate at the Network Science Institute, I’m on the Executive Committee of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and I’m on the Editorial Board of Signs.
I have held positions as a postdoctoral research fellow at Digital Humanities @ Berkeley, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and the Management and Organizations Department in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and was also a research affiliate at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems.
I use computational tools, principally automated text analysis, to study social movements, culture, gender, institutions, and organizations.
I am an open source and open science enthusiast. I seek to use open-source tools and computational methods to make the social sciences and humanities more transparent, reproducible, and scalable.
I received my PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. I have an MA from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Nelson, Laura K., Derek Burk, Marcel Knudsen, and Leslie McCall. 2018. “The Future of Coding: A Comparison of Hand-Coding and Three Types of Computer-Assisted Text Analysis Methods.” Sociological Methods and Research.
Nelson, Laura K. 2017. “Computational Grounded Theory: A Methodological Framework.” Sociological Methods and Research.
Nelson, Laura K. 2018. “‘Feminism Means More Than a Changed World…It Means the Creation of a New Consciousness in Women’: Feminism, Consciousness-Raising, and Continuity Between the Waves.” Pp. 175-197 in 100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism, edited by Holly J. McCammon and Lee Ann Banasak. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Crossley, Alison Dahl and Laura K. Nelson.* 2018. “Feminists Reshaping Gender.” Chapter in Springer Handbook of the Sociology of Gender, edited by Barbara Risman, Carissa Froyum, and William Scarborough. New York: Springer Press. *listed alphabetically, equal co-authors