VizE Lab

Viz E Lab Ethnographic Data Visualization


For scholars who want to visualize complex ethnographic data
in ways that enhance intelligibility, insight and human understanding

The VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization was launched in 2017 for scholars to explore new ways to collect and visualize diverse forms of ethnographic data. In particular, the Lab is devoted to bringing data visualization and documentary media together in ethnographies that combine data sets big and small with person-centered perspectives. The lab advises students and collaborates with faculty colleagues in their research and it offers a studio setting where scholars can create visual work using specialized software and collaborate on new projects using our visualization wall.  

New + Forthcoming in fall 2023


Student Loan Debt Visualization
Feb. 28, 2023

Anthropology’s VizE Lab created this visualization based on an original by W.E.B. Dubois. It charts the cancellation of student loan debt that is in debate in the Supreme Court today and shows how cancellation would narrow racial debt inequalities between Blacks and whites. The chart is one of ten Duboisian charts produced in the…

Jeffrey Himpele receives CDH research grant
June 14, 2022

Congratulations to Jeffrey Himpele, Director of VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization, recipient of a research partnership grant from The Center for Digital Humanities. Himpele will collaborate with CDH staff on his project, "Visualizing Lenapehoking History…

New art exhibition documents the struggles of debtors in America
Nov. 10, 2021

The “Debt Collectors Series” art exhibition, at Stokes Library, tells the story of the debt industry and the lives it has impacted. The key partner in this work is the VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization.

Conceptualized by Frederick F. Wherry *00 *04, the Townsend Martin, Class of…


Recent Projects

Ever Open link


Student Debt Racial Disparities


debt collection lab


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project gallery

debt collection lab


digital food


du bois visualization toolkit


the side unseen


torture letters


west philadelphia structures

VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization
320 Aaron Burr Hall

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