Congratulations to Prof. Laila Shereen Sakr for receiving an award to back digital humanities, social science projects

Scholars receive significant award to back digital humanities, social science projects

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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded UC Santa Barbara scholars Laila Shereen Sakr and Rachael Scarborough King its Digital Extension Grant Awards. The grants support digitally based research projects that advance inclusive scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Sakr, an assistant professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies, was awarded just under $150,000 for her project, “Arab Data Bodies: Social Media in Mixed Reality.” She shares the grant with her co-principal investigator, Susana Ruiz of UC Santa Cruz.

“It is thrilling to receive ACLS funding to collaborate on this project with Professor Ruiz,” said Sakr, who for years has been immersed in building a virtual reality experience from billions of social media posts.

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