Mara Sedlins is a 2016–2018 Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) / Digital Library Federation (DLF) Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation in the Social Sciences. She is working with Duke Libraries and the Social Science Research Institute to develop best practices for managing a variety of research data in the social sciences.
Mara earned her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Washington, where she developed a measure of automatic social categorization — that is, the degree to which people, automatically and without conscious awareness, group faces into discrete categories according to perceived age, gender, and race. During her time in Seattle, Mara also worked on several projects at Microsoft Research evaluating new technologies for workplace communication.
A lifelong violinist, while in North Carolina Mara is looking forward to learning some traditional old time fiddle tunes.