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Paula Lackie

Paula Lackie is a long time social science data advocate and social science and humanities technologist. For the previous 14 years she was the Academic Computing Coordinator for the Social Sciences and Humanities.


Paula is ABD in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Southern California. In 1993 her PhD research was on governing virtual communities. She also did some post graduate work in semiconductor trade and crisis management at Claremont Graduate School in Public Policy Analysis, completed the Coro Foundation Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and has completed a variety of continuing education courses throughout her time at Carleton

Very active in data and data support related organizations; Paula is the International Outreach Chair for IASSIST. During her 20 years as an official representative, was elected to the ICPSR Council where she chaired the Preservation and Access committee, served on the strategic planning committee and continues to advise on ICPSR academic and membership support initiatives. She has also been a past president of the Social Science Computing Association, worked on numerous Mellon Foundation funded NITLE and ACM initiatives, and consults internationally on social science data distribution, support and education.

Her current research interests include exploring the pedagogical and technical contexts for the use and support of data in teaching and learning, keeping abreast of developments in Internet 2 and eSocial Science, locating and accessing hard-to-find data resources with Kristen Partlo, Danya Leebaw and Carolyn Sanforsd (Carleton Reference Librarians), and exploring the service-learning opportunities for students interested in the open data movement.

Paula has worked on a myriad of Carleton projects which have involved: constructing research designs and choosing appropriate supporting tools and resources, working with students on research development, assessment, plus developing infrastructures for data-rich teaching or research projects, instructional technology implementation, user interface design, and technical instruction. With Andrea Nixon and Heather Tompkins, she co-authored Curricular Uses of Visual Materials: A Mixed-Methods Institutional Study.

She has led numerous sessions at ICPSR Biennial Meetings and a variety of liberal arts consortia gatherings, EDUCAUSE, IASSIST and CODATA, with special focus on issues of data, pedagogy and technology. She has also taught political science methods (California State University) and has published in Social Sciences Computer Review, Cause/Effect, Disability Studies Quarterly, and has authored two book chapters.

Her vita can be found at:

Here is her page on basic data and research methods support at Carleton.