Big data shows that those fighting eviction today need not be constrained by today’s ideas or laws of property.
Jo Guldi is an associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University. She is PI of a $1 million NSF grant, “The Unaffordable World,” which uses digital methods, among others, to inquire into the history of property rights and affordability. She is also director of Think-Play-Hack, a summer retreat that brings together information science and humanities questions. In 2021, Think-Play-Hack will converge around “The Data of Displacement,” and the retreat will be cohosted with Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual History.