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Postdoctoral Associates: 2021-2023 Cohort

Headshot of CREOS postdoc Corey Masao Johnson

Corey Masao Johnson is an interdisciplinary scholar heavily invested in the potential of technology and design to transform knowledge production. Relying on digital research tools, his current book manuscript, “Artifacts of Encounter: Contested Geographies in Polynesia and the American Pacific,” examines attempts to map the cultural area of Polynesia and its peoples since the first moments of American exploration of the Pacific. He has also been involved with a number of Digital Humanities projects and initiatives. He has served as the technical director for the Out of the Desert Project at Yale University, a public history initiative that explores the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. He holds an A.B. in English Literature from Harvard University and an M.St. in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford. At Stanford University’s Program in Modern Thought and Literature, his PhD research was supported by a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship and a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center. He was also a SHASS Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellow in Global Studies and Languages at MIT and a visiting fellow at the American Philosophical Society. 

headshot of MIT postdoc Suman Maity

Suman Kalyan Maity was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI), Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) at Northwestern University. His research interests lie in the broad interdisciplinary areas of Computational Social Science, Machine Learning, and Computational Linguistics. The central theme of his research is in Science of Science with key focus in understanding how success or failure impact future performances. He has also studied the global landscape of grant funding and publications and the interplay between various factors leading to better understanding of team science and collaboration efforts. He is committed to Open Science and interested in studying the effect of various interventions in facilitating greater access to Science. 

Headshot of CREOS postdoc Ashley J. Thomas

Ashley J. Thomas (visiting scholar) investigates intuitive sociology, or what infants, toddlers, children, and adults think about social relationships. She has studied how infants and children think and feel about social hierarchy (i.e. situations where there is a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’ or when someone is ‘in charge.’) She has also investigated how infants learn about their own social networks, including how infants interpret social interactions that involve their own caregivers, as well as how infants, toddlers, and children think about kin-like relationships. She is committed to making academic knowledge more accessible and transparent on local and global scales, as well as finding ways that we can take care of each other in academia. She is interested in structural changes that could improve academia as well as the world. Outside of her research, she has been a political organizer working on issues such as immigrant and worker rights. Following her tenure at MIT, Thomas joined the faculty of Harvard University.