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The BCaT Lab

Sustaining a new generation of scholars and scholarship in Black digital studies

The BCaT (Black Communication and Technology) Lab @ the University of Maryland enlivens a new generation of scholars focusing on Black studies and cultural production, digital humanities, and critical race work, creating a prototype for recruiting and sustaining a new generation of scholars in digital studies.

This lab introduces undergraduates to digital research through workshops and coursework, helps students navigate graduate research, and creates a mentoring network for students and faculty to navigate Black digital studies within the humanities, focusing on collaboration across generations. We model a cohort approach that offers support in recruitment, training, and mentoring.

BCaT is a proud part of the DISCO Network. With funding support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the DISCO Network connects, convenes, and sustains a national network of artists, scholars, and practitioners working on topics of racial inequality, histories of exclusion, disability justice, and techno-ableism, and digital racial politics within the academy, the technology industry, and beyond.

Affiliate Faculty and Student Members

Alisa Hardy

Graduate Student, Communication

2130 Skinner Building
College Park MD, 20742

Catherine Knight Steele

Associate Professor, Communication

2105 Skinner Building; 0301 Hornbake Library
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-8927

Rianna Walcott

Assistant Professor, Communication