I am the Associate Director of Data Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies and the Deputy Executive Director of UPenn’s Fox Leadership Program. I am also a Senior Analyst for the NBC News Data Analytics Lab and Decision Desk. Through those roles, I work on research projects related to public opinion and election forecasting, teach courses on data science, and help to run an undergrad research fellowship program.
My political science research applies statistics and machine learning methods to timely questions about voting accessibility and the way we run elections in the United States. This work informs broader discussions about topics like representation, accountability, race, and effective governance. My work has been featured in several peer-reviewed journals including Science, Political Science Quarterly, and Electoral Studies.
In addition to political science, I study sports analytics and work to bring the insights of data science and social science into this burgeoning field. I have published sports analytics research in peer-reviewed journals and am a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, FiveThirtyEight, and Deadspin.
Prior to coming to Penn, I was a project manager and data scientist with the MIT Election Data and Science Lab. I attended Harvard for graduate school, receiving a PhD in political science in 2017 and a Masters in statistics in 2013. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters degree in political science and Bachelors degrees in political science and history.