Harvard University Extension School
Dr. Amy Yeboah Quarkume, affectionally known as Dr. A, is a daughter of Africa, scholar, filmmaker, data scientist and Associate Professor of Africana Studies in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University. She holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies, two Masters of Arts in Sociology and African American Studies, and a forthcoming Master of Science in Data Analytics and Computational Social Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Certificate of Data Science from Harvard Extension School and MIT. Dr. Quarkume is an Andrew Mellon New Direction Fellow, Mellon Just Futures Initiative invited Social Justice Consortium partner, Brown University Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing scholar, National Center for Atmospheric Research Innovator Fellow, and a White House Initiative HBCU All-Star Campus Mentor.
Her work as a data scientist, centers around AI Bias, data inequality and environmental justice. Currently, she employs an Africana Studies framework to examine the intersections of race and technology. Dr. A is presently, the Director of Graduate Studies for the Master’s Program in Applied Data Science in the Center for Applied Data Science and Analytics (CADSA) advancing Howard University’s first major effort in becoming a hub for data science social justice research and training for the next generation of data scientists. Also, the developer of the Hello Black World curriculum, designed for Africana Studies majors, minors and friends in the humanities and social sciences who want to explore and develop data and computer science competencies centered around the presence of African contributions and the imagination. Co-Pi for the forthcoming Race and Tech lab in Howard's Graduate School.
As a filmmaker, Dr. A has produced two documentaries. (Re)Inscribing Meaning documents how closing the excellence gap for Black youth in the face of disruption begins at home with the Black family. Her most recent work, Goodbye to City Schools, focuses on the impact the closing of schools has on staff, students, families, and community members in the city of Philadelphia. Presently, as the Associate Director of Student Engagement for the Howard University Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership she encourages students to thrive for excellence for Black women and Black feminist consciousness, activism, and global leadership.
She has published in the Journal of Women, Gender, and Families of Color; Mosaic Magazine; Black Scholar; CLA Journal and is currently working on her second book project Data Pollution and Savage Algorithms. She has also contributed to and been an invited guest on BET News, PBS NewsHour, Direct TV, American Radio Works, Al Jazeera America’s The Stream, Philadelphia Community Access Media, Roland Martin TV One News Show, and Mother Jones.