Tara Zepel is a data scientist, designer and researcher. She received her PhD in January 2018 from UC San Diego with a specialization in data visualization. Her dissertation, Contemporary Data Visualization: A Cultural History and Close Readings, lays the groundwork for seeing data visualization as a socially and culturally situated medium and practice, not unlike painting or film. While in graduate school, Tara also worked as a reseacher at the Software Studies Initiative and received awards for her innovative teaching and dedication
Most recently, Tara has completed a fellowship at Insight Data Science. She is looking to bridge her quantitative skill sets with a passion for effective communication and design as a product manager or data scientist.