1500 Stories: Giving Voice to Economic Inequality


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships




“1500 Stories” is a collaborative art and digital storytelling project that gives voice to the real lived experiences that underlay devastating statistics about economic inequality. With story gathering by volunteers through face-to-face in-depth interviews as its central activity, “1500 Stories” has a collection of over 500 qualitative interviews from around the country, the largest and most diverse qualitative data set about class and economic inequality in existence. Because “1500 Stories” is primarily an art and storytelling project, this is the first time that qualitative data analysis will be used to apply a sociological lens to this rich collection of narratives.