Catherine D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization Storytelling at Emerson College. She is a researcher, artist and software developer who investigates how data visualization, technology and new forms of storytelling can be used for civic engagement.
D'Ignazio teaches develops software tools and activites for creative data literacy and data-driven storytelling by journalists and community groups. She works with a variety of collaborators on public art projects ranging from civic art to performative walks to interactive sculptures. Her recent projects include the Babbling Brook, an interactive sculpture that senses water quality and makes bad jokes about it, and Boston Coastlines: Future Past, a walking performance that traces the past and future coastlines of Boston based on the rising seas of Climate Change.
Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation, Turbulence.org, the LEF Foundation, and Dream It, Code It, Win It. In 2009, she was a finalist for the Foster Prize at the ICA Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Museo d’Antiochia of Medellin, and the Venice Biennial.
Professor D'Ignazio is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab. She is currently a fellow at the Emerson Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media.