Crystal Lee (she/她)

Crystal Lee

Research interests: Data visualization, critical data studies, digital media, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, disability studies



Selected fellowships, grants, and awards

External awards

Internal awards


Refereed journals

  1. Gracen Brilmyer∗ and Crystal Lee∗ . "Terms of use: Crip legibility in information systems, First Monday (January 2023).

  2. Jamie Wong∗ , Crystal Lee∗ , Vesper Long∗ , Di Wu∗ , Graham Jones∗ . “Let’s Go, Baby Forklift: The Power of Cuteness and the Cuteness of Power on Chinese Social Media,” Social Media + Society (April 2021).

Refereed conference proceedings

  1. Jonathan Zong∗ , Crystal Lee∗ , Alan Lundgard∗ , JiWoong Jang, Daniel Hajas, Arvind Satyanarayan. "Rich Screen Reader Experiences for Accessible Data Visualization," Computer Graphics Forum (May 2022). 🏆 Honorable Mention

  2. Crystal Lee, Tanya Yang, Gabrielle Inchoco, Graham M. Jones, and Arvind Satyanarayan, “Viral Visualizations: How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online.” ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2021. 🏆 Honorable Mention

  3. Alan Lundgard∗ , Crystal Lee∗ , and Arvind Satyanarayan, “Sociotechnical Considerations for Accessible Visualization Design,” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (October 2019).

Edited volumes

  1. Gracen Brilmyer∗ and Crystal Lee∗ (eds). "This feature has been disabled: Critical intersections of disability and information studies," First Monday (January 2023).

  2. Crystal Lee, ed., Glimpses: British Visions of War and Peace (exhibit essay collection).

Reviews, essays, and reports

  1. Crystal Lee, "Review: A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication," Information and Culture 60.1 (Spring 2022).

  2. Crystal Lee∗ and Jonathan Zong∗ , "Consent is Not An Ethical Rubber Stamp," Slate (August 30, 2019).

  3. Crystal Lee, "Global Conflict Risk Index Final Consulting Report," prepared for the Peace and Stability Unit, Joint Research Center, European Commission.

  4. Crystal Lee, "Wartime Collaborations in Computing and Intelligence Collection," in Crystal Lee, ed., Glimpses: British Visions of War and Peace (exhibit essay collection).

Data visualization and museum projects

  1. Crystal Lee, Jonathan Zong, Anna Arpaci-Dusseau, Katherine Huang, Mateo Monterde, Ethan Nevidomsky, Tanya Yang, Anna Meurer, Soomin Chun, and Arvind Satyanarayan, The Data Visualizations Behind Coronavirus Skepticism (interactive digital project).

  2. Crystal Lee∗, Murphy Temple∗, Meade Klingensmith∗, Holly Dayton∗, Glimpses: British Visions of War and Peace (museum exhibition), Stanford University.

Invited talks


  1. "On Data Justice and Accessible Systems," Code4Lib (May 24, 2022).

Invited seminar talks

  1. TBD. Science, Technology, and Society Seminar, Tufts University (April 2024).

  2. "Sensory Encounters in the Age of Computation," Science, Technology, and Society Seminar, Rice University (January 27, 2024).

  3. "Sensory Encounters in the Age of Computation," Department of Information Science Seminar Series, University of Colorado-Boulder (September 20, 2023).

  4. "Who’s responsible for responsible tech?" University at Buffalo, Computer Science and Engineering Seminar (May 8, 2023).

  5. "Viral Visualizations: How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online." DUB Shorts, University of Washington (July 14, 2021).

  6. "Academic Ableism and New Paradigms for Design." The Science Speak-Easy, University of Colorado-Boulder (May 17, 2021).

  7. "Visualizing Misinformation: Digital Ethnography and Computational Methods in a Pandemic." MIT Digital Humanities Speaker Series (March 18, 2021).

  8. "Beyond Visualization: Technoableism and New Paradigms for Design."Reimagining Access: Inclusive Technology Design for Archives and Special Collections, ArtCenter College of Design (February 11, 2021).

  9. "The Promises and Perils of Data Visualization," Tufts STS Seminar, Tufts University (November 13, 2020).

  10. "Learning from COVID-19 Data Visualizations." Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University (October 28, 2020).

  11. "Lining Things Up: Mapping Time, Power, and Politics," History of Visualization / Visualizations in History. Center for Science and Society, Columbia University (April 8, 2017).

Invited academic roundtables and panels

  1. "A Discussion on Disability Justice, Human Rights, and the Politics of Space." Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan (invited panel with Lydia X.Z. Brown, Eman Rimawi-Doster, and Laura Guidry-Grimes).

  2. "Going Viral: How Covid Misinformation Spreads Online" (invited panel with Carl Bergstrom and Chase Small). Scientists Speak Up, Stanford University (July 29, 2021).

  3. "Prototyping AI ethics futures: Rights, access, and refusal" (invited roundtable with Alex Taylor and Mara Mills). JUST AI joint event between Ada Lovelace Institute, British Academy, and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (June 23, 2021).

  4. "Talking About and Thinking with Disability" (invited panel with Cora Olson and Ashley Shew). STS as Critical Pedagogy, James Madison University (June 23, 2021).

  5. "Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: Racism & Ableism in AI & the Future of Technology" (with Damien Patrick Williams and Lydia X.Z. Brown). Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network Liberating Webinar Series (April 23, 2021).

  6. "Data By Touch," North American Cartographic Information Society (October 15-16, 2020).

Invited public talks

  1. "Preparing the Next Generation of Technologists: Insights from the Responsible Computing Challenge," with Craig Newmark, Andrew Merluzzi, Lorena Huang Liu, Reem Suleiman, and Steve Azeka (moderated by J. Bob Alotta). MozFest (March 22, 2023).

  2. Invited commentary, "The Moderate" (script by Ken Urban), Central Square Theater and Catalyst Collaborative: Science Play Reading Series, Cambridge Science Festival (October 3, 2022).

  3. Moderator, "Education in a Mixed AI Reality," MozFest Dialogues and Debates with Judith Okonkwo, Angela Chen, and Maize Longboat (March 11, 2022).

  4. "More Data, More Problems: Lessons from the Far Right Internet." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (June 10, 2021).

  5. "Radical Possibilities for Technology" (with Christine McRae and Regan Sommer McCoy). YX Foundation and the Radical AI Podcast (May 18, 2021).

Conference presentations

  1. "Teaching Responsible Computing in Context: Models, Practices, and Tools," SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (with Stacy Doore, Atri Rudra, Omowumi Ogunyemi, Trystan S. Goetze, Mehran Sahami, Thomas Cortina, and Kiran Bhardwaj). Toronto, Canada and online (March 15–18, 2023).

  2. "Everyone Likes Access,'' with Michele Friedner, Daniel Greene, Allison Fish, Vijayanka Nair, and Beth Semel. Society for the Social Studies of Science. Cholula, Mexico (December 7-10, 2022).

  3. "Incorporating Ethics into Computer Science Education,'' with Bobby Schnabel, Kathy Pham, Casey Fiesler, Helena Mentis, and Atri Rudra. Computing Research Association Conference at Snowbird. Snowbird, UT (July 19-21, 2022)

  4. "STS as Critical Pedagogy'' (roundtable discussion), with Emily York, Anna Geltzer, Michael Klein, Sean Ferguson, Marisa Brandt, Jim Malazita, Matthew Harsh, Shelby Dietz, Matt Wisnioski, Nicole Mogul, Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, and Lindsay Smith. 4S 2021 (virtual).

  5. "Viral Visualizations: How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online.'' ACM CHI. Yokohama, Japan [virtual] (May 8-13, 2021).

  6. "Multisensory Mapping and Design,'' American Association for Geographers. Denver, CO (April 6-10, 2020). [cancelled due to COVID-19]

  7. "Practicing Disability Justice: A Working Group on Bringing Activist Praxis into our Teaching and Research,'' (with Cynthia Bennett and Joanne Woiak), Society for Disability Studies. Columbus, OH [virtual] (April 3-5, 2020).

  8. "Sociotechnical Considerations for Accessible Visualization Design,'' (with Alan Lundgard), IEEE VIS 2019. Vancouver, Canada (October 20-25, 2019).

  9. "Modeling Flavor,'' History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA (November 1-4, 2018).

  10. ''Visualizing Historical Knowledge,'' History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada (November 9-11, 2017).

  11. Discussant and chair, "Computing and Science: Application and Influences.'' History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada (November 9-12, 2017).

  12. "History Along a Line: Historical Timelines and the Digital Humanities,'' Tradition and Transformation. Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK (September 18-20, 2017).

  13. "One Nation Under Quantification: Measuring Nazi-ness in post-1945 Germany,'' History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA (November 3-6, 2016).

  14. "Joseph Priestley’s Charts of History & Biography, Redrawn,'' Digital Humanities Australasia. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia (June 20-23, 2016).

  15. "Hidden Narratives: Inventing Universal History in Joseph Priestley’s Charts of History & Biography,'' Columbia History of Science Group Annual Meeting. Friday Harbor Biological Research Station, University of Washington. Friday Harbor, WA (March 11-13, 2016).

Organized seminars, panels, and conferences

  1. "Toward Accessible Data Representations workshop,'' IEEE Visualization (co-organized with Arvind Satyanarayan, Danielle Szafir, Keke Wu, and Alan Lundgard). Speakers: Cynthia Bennett, Chancey Fleet, Zoe Gross, Ariel Schwartz, and Rua Williams.

  2. "Subtle CSCW Traits: Tensions Around Identity Formation and Online Activism in the Asian Diaspora" workshop, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (with Calvin Liang, Alexandra To, Emily Tseng, Amy Zhang, Kimberley Allison, Neilly Tan, Ruotong Wang, and Sachin Pendse).

  3. Conference Plenary Session: "Making and Doing History: On Non-Traditional Modes of Critical Engagement'' roundtable discussion, Society for the History of Technology, New Orleans, LA (with Ranjodh Dhaliwal).

  4. Misinformation Working Group Invited Speaker Series, Harvard University: Gerald Mullally (UK Prime Minister's Office), "G7 Vaccine Confidence Campaign and Research Partnerships''; Yvonne Lee (Facebook), "Misinformation Policy.''

  5. Columbia History of Science Annual Meeting, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Marine Station (program chair with Nathan Kapoor, 2019-2020).

  6. "Technologies of Taste'' panel, History of Science Society, Seattle, WA (with Hannah Leblanc).

  7. Cross-STS Seminar Series, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Elena Sobrino, 2017-18).

  8. 2017 Workshop on the History of the Physical Sciences, Princeton University (co-organized with Brad Bolman, Jenne O’Brien, and Michael McGovern).


Invited workshops have been marked in bold.

  1. Data Analysis Donuts: Internal Discussion at ObservableHQ on misinformation (2022)

  2. Responsible Computer Science Education: NSF-funded Workshop on Inclusive and Intersectional Research and Analysis in Engineering and Computer Science (invited participant), Stanford University (August 25–26, 2022). Report for Gendered Innovations.

  3. Greater Boston Areas AI Ethics Lightning Round. Ethical Issues in Computing and AI: Research Questions and Pedagogical Strategies, Harvard University (June 1, 2022).

  4. Access Washing in Data Policy and Practice (invited roundtable discussant). Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, University of Cambridge (March 3, 2022).

  5. Flash talk, 2021 VIS Summer Camp (co-organized by Universities of Florida, Arizona, Utah; Northwestern, Northeastern, and MIT).

  6. "The Future of the Digital Archive: Data Hoarders and Radical Librarianship," House/Keeping: Domestic Accumulation, Decluttering, and the Stuff of Kinship in Anthropological Perspective, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Université libre de Bruxelles (May 31–June 2, 2021).

  7. "Methodological Challenges to Studying Online Radicalization'' (with John A. Maldonado and Jonas Kaiser). Workshop discussion, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Festival of Ideas (May 7, 2021).

  8. ACM FAccT Doctoral Consortium. Virtual conference (March 3-10, 2021).

  9. Discussion on "Viral Visualizations'' project: MIT Data + Feminism Lab (March 26, 2021); University of Washington Social Futures Lab (February 9, 2021).

  10. Discussant, "Cripping the History of Computing.'' MIT HASTS Program Seminar.

  11. Discussant, "Searching for Google." MIT HASTS Program Seminar.

  12. "The Multiple Autonomies of Self-Driving Cars." MIT HASTS Program Seminar.

  13. Discussant, "Crafting Nanotechnology for Art and Heritage Conservation." MIT HASTS Program Seminar.

  14. "Lining Things Up: Mapping Time, Power, and Politics." MIT HASTS Program Seminar.

  15. "Digital Methods in History," History of Science Workshop, Stanford University.

Research mentorship

Asterisks denote published student co-author.

Direct supervision

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Professional service

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External advising