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Where are 2013-2014 HASTAC Scholars coming from?

Where are 2013-2014 HASTAC Scholars coming from?

Following the string of posts about the HASTAC Scholars I wanted to see the rank of incoming HASTAC Scholars per state in America. I normalized the data by population density in the US so Scholars from outside America are not in this rank. Not surprisingly, North Carolina tops the rank. But perhaps surprisingly, South Carolina barely makes to it.

Distribution of Scholars 2013-2014 per U.S. States
US State Scholars Density Normalized
North Carolina 23 0,0305 10,42%
Washington 14 0,0215 9,00%
Rhode Island 2 0,0034 8,13%
Pennsylvania 21 0,0406 7,15%
Wisconsin 8 0,0182 6,08%
New York 27 0,0619 6,03%
Connecticut 4 0,0114 4,85%
Texas 28 0,0804 4,81%
Iowa 3 0,0097 4,28%
Michigan 8 0,0316 3,50%
Tennessee 5 0,0203 3,40%
Indiana 5 0,0207 3,34%
Massachusetts 5 0,0209 3,31%
Maine 1 0,0042 3,29%
California 27 0,1191 3,13%
Illinois 9 0,041 3,03%
Maryland 4 0,0185 2,99%
New Jersey 5 0,0281 2,46%
South Carolina 2 0,0148 1,87%
Minnesota 2 0,017 1,63%
Virginia 3 0,0256 1,62%
Utah 1 0,0088 1,57%
Georgia 3 0,031 1,34%
Oregon 1 0,0122 1,13%
Louisiana 1 0,0145 0,95%
Arizona 1 0,0204 0,68%

Texas is also not that much ahead of the other states considering it’s the state with most scholars this year. The normalized data shows the number of scholars relative to the distribution of the US population. The second column shows the absolute numbers of scholars per state, and the third column gives you the population desitity in that state relative to the rest of the country. The demographic data with raw count of Scholars shows high numbers in highly populated areas -- which that is not very useful --, so we divided the number of Scholars by the relative population density to normalize the values in a measure of instensity.

There’s plenty of Canada in the data, but I can’t normalize the data globally so Canadians are unfortunately out of this table. In fact, there are a total of 21 Scholars from Canada. This is the same number of Scholars from Pennsylvania, which is a state that ranks among the top 5 American states by number of Scholars. There is also one Scholar from India, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, South Africa, and United Kingdom. California is actually one of the top-states by number of scholars, only second to Texas, but it’s also the most populous state with over 10% of American population. The chart below gives you the comparison between absolute number of scholars and the normalized figures per American state (click on the chart for a larger view).

It would be nice to look at this data through the years. We’ll get back to that in future posts.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1243622. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



Marco, Thanks for this fascinating digest of geographical-demographic information!  I assume "from" here means institutional home/base or nominating institution.  It would be really interesting to see some of the changes over time that you preview in your last sentence :), and also whether on a more micro level are scholars tending to "come from" the same institution(s) within a given US state (or country), is that diversifying over time, etc. Also I wonder about HASTAC's international expansion / contraction over time and whether there are distinct patterns there or not, in terms of which countries/institutions, regions they come from.

Besides Canadian scholars, which are totally rockin the international HASTAC scholar scene!, I wonder why there aren't more HASTAC scholars in the UK or other countries where English is the primary language.  Should we consider thinking about the 'North American" HASTAC community, or does that contribute to the lumping Canadians in the with US that may be offensive?

These comments somewhat come out of a desire to reflect on what it means that HASTAC remains a U.S.-Centric (and NC-Centric) community, and if that's how members of the community want it to be or not. 

Thanks again-- really interesting stuff.


Hi Tiffany,

The geographic information was extracted from the registration form filled out by the Scholars that includes dedicated entries for country, state, and city. Your mileage may vary, but I would expect Scholars to have provided the city in which they're based rather than the city of their institutional affiliation. I'm also very keen on seeing the differences over time, but I'm not sure we have detailed information about previous incarnations of the Scholars Program. This would be particularly interesting to evaluate HASTAC's presence outside the U.S., but then again I'm afraid the collection of data related to the Scholars Program is a relatively new development in the Program. I believe the language barrier is the main variable that explains why there aren't more HASTAC scholars from non-English speaking countries, although that surely doesn't explain the UK and Australia. It seems to me that HASTAC's internationalization is also a relatively new development, and I'd expect some major improvements on this front in the coming months or years. Although the network is headquartered in NC, the majority of Scholars based in the U.S. are coming from California, Texas, and New York. This is consistent with HASTAC's values of openness, diversity, and inclusion, and again I'd expect more and more folks from other countries to join the network in the coming years. A good example is the HASTAC conference, which in 2014 will be held in Peru. In short, I'm seeing a major effort to bring Scholars from all corners of the world and also to make HASTAC more familiar to scholars everywhere.