Three SHASS faculty receive inaugural Fang Fund awards
Funding will support projects by Fotini Christia (political science), Martin Hackl (linguistics), and Graham Jones (anthropology).
The new Fang Fund invites proposals to promote faculty research, curriculum development, and public engagement in the spirit of increasing collaboration and visibility in interdisciplinary computing research.
Congratulations to the 2022 Recipients!
Fotini Christia | Ford International Professor of Political Science
The Fang Fund will support Christia's work on a cross-disciplinary edited volume on race and computation. This collaborative project will bring together nine faculty members from MIT SHASS, four from the Schwarzman College of Computing, and two from the Department of Urban Studies & Planning. The project continues the exploration begun with the seminar series on Systemic Racism and Computation in Spring 2021.
Martin Hackl | Associate Professor of Linguistics
Hackl will use the Fang Fund to investigate structural and non-structural determinants of linguistics reference. Both structural and non-structural determinants are essential components of linguistic reference, but it is an open question how they work in concert. Hackl will bring together state-of-the-art linguistic theory and computational modeling of rational behavior to study these components' division.
Graham Jones | Professor of Anthropology
The Fang Fund will enable Graham's development of a computational framework for understanding how language mediates the percieved reliability of information and adminissibility of evidence in scientific conversations on social media. This research on social media interaction has the potential to be methodologically transformative for both linguistic anthropology and computer science.