VizE Lab

Viz E Lab Ethnographic Data Visualization


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

 The VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization was initiated in 2017 as a place for scholars who want 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 include expansive data sets and person-centered perspectives. The lab advises students and collaborates with scholars in their research and offers a studio space where colleagues can workshop visual data and creatively brainstorm new projects on an interactive visualization wall.  

NEWS: Visualization Contest

Can Visualizations Help Solve the Student Debt Crisis?

visualizing student debt contest

Visualizations can render complex data and experience meaningful. Furthermore, they are able to reveal what might be either changed or strengthened through policy and individual action. 

To draw on this potential,  we are calling for data visualizations, maps, or short documentary films and photography that portray student loan debt. Entries may depict the complex structural conditions of student debt or more personal experiences of debtors and their families. And we are keen to see innovative visuals that combine these ways of seeing. 

See entry and award details here.


 Current Projects

remote ethnography workshop


Recent Projects

the torture letters

More Projects

project gallery



Social Life of Data Philadelphia



Student Debt Racial Disparities



nj families study



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