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Boston University DATA VISUALIZATION RESEARCH FELLOW, Center for Antiracist Research in Boston, Massachusetts



Center for Antiracist Research

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Boston, MA

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The mission of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research ( is to convene varied researchers and practitioners to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. We foster exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives. We are working toward building an antiracist society that ensures equity and justice for all. The BU Center for Antiracist Research founded in 2020 by Dr. Ibram Kendi ( is rapidly growing and looking for passionate individuals to join their dedicated staff. (

This Data Visualization Research Fellow appointment is for a two-year term that will work closely with the Center’s offices of Research and Policy to create data visualizations (including charts, interactives, dashboards, visual essays, and more) with a wide variety of data (including administrative, survey, text, network, spatial, experimental, and image data). This position will work across Center projects including but not limited to the Racial Data Tracker and the Racial Policy Tracker.


  • Work closely with faculty leads to design and create static and interactive data visualizations for center products (including interactive data platforms, books, policy reports, news articles).

  • Design, develop, and maintain user-friendly data visualizations and dashboards using complex datasets from different sources.

  • Manage part-time research assistants and student interns.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Familiarity with data visualization software (e.g. ArcGIS, Python, R, D3, Tableau, Java)

  • Awareness of social and data science theories regarding how data visualization can reflect broader data trends and clearly communicate key points

  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills

  • Self-motivated and experience working collaboratively to build consensus

  • Master’s degree in quantitative social science, statistics, mathematics, computer science or another related quantitative field

  • Coursework and research experience on race, racism, and antiracism

  • Two or more years of relevant post-master’s professional experience is preferred

  • Experience working with large datasets and computational social science research methods is preferred

This position is eligible for Boston University's generous benefits package including health, dental, life insurance, tuition remission, paid time off, and so much more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.