I’m Catherine D’Ignazio, Director of the Data + Feminism Lab and an Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

I’m interested in creative ways to democratize data science, AI, and technology for social justice. I’m the co-author of the 2020 book Data Feminism together with Lauren F. Klein. My latest book, Counting Feminicide: Data Feminism in Action (MIT Press 2024), describes transnational, Latin American and Indigenous data activism about fatal gender-related violence. I make public art & design projects, write software code & research papers, teach urban planning and computer science students, and run data storytelling workshops and feminist hackathons. I’m a compulsive collaborator, joiner and organizer and affiliated with the below organizations. I am also on the board of directors of Indigenous Women Rising, an amazing group of Native women, queer and non-binary innovators who are committed to honoring Native & Indigenous People’s inherent right to equitable and culturally safe health options through accessible health education, resources and advocacy.

More about me…

red logo with D and F standing for the Data + Feminism Lab at MIT

Boston Coastline: Future Past
A walking data visualization of the Boston water line as projected for the year 2100 based on climate change.


Updates, workshops, and recent publications