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Work Experience
Staff (Lead) Data Scientist
2022 - Present

Leading NLP and segmentation research aimed at helping millions of Americans who are struggling financially and advocating for policies that can help build a stronger middle class

Senior Data Scientist
2015 - 2022
Pew Research Center, Washington D.C.

Data Labs' senior data scientist. Guided the Center's computational research, defined best practices, and produced original research, while advancing broader institutional objectives and providing data science training and methodological consulting. Helped kick-start PRC's nascent Data Labs team, developing new data collection and analysis systems, methods, and applications related to social and political trends, with a focus on uncovering new insights to inform the public and advance social science research. Day-to-day tasks included data architecture, systems engineering, high-volume data collection, exploratory data analysis, machine learning, research design, project scoping, and report writing. Promoted from Data Science Associate to Senior Data Scientist in July 2017.

Data Scientist
2012 - 2015
NORC at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Developed systems for business development and research innovation initiatives, and collaborated closely with experts to design and execute research projects that involved advanced data collection and analysis methodologies - lots of social media analytics, natural language processing, machine learning, and web application development. My work spanned a wide variety of domains, including projects to standardize criminal records from all 50 states, conduct online surveillance of domestic human trafficking activities, detect emerging trends in substance abuse, analyze at-risk localized social networks, assess the natural language of psychological well-being, crowd-source common research coding tasks, parse symptom, diagnosis, and treatment relationships from millions of healthcare records, and use NLP to measure family engagement in Head Start programs across the country. I was also actively involved on committees focused on exploring creative new computational methods, was the recipient of multiple innovation grants and recognition awards, and was regularly involved in business development initiatives, including proposal writing and client consultation. Promoted from Programmer II, Social Media Analytics to Data Scientist in December 2014.

University of Chicago
2011 - 2012
Master of Arts (M.A.), Social Science

Concentrated in social science research methods, computational content analysis, and survey methodology.  Thesis on measuring sources of meaning in life with open-ended surveys and natural language processing.

University of Texas
2007 - 2011
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics and Government, Special Honors

Dual degree: Economics (major) and Business Adminstration (minor), and Government (major) and Philosophy (minor).  Additional certification in Business Economics.  Special Honors in Government for a thesis on contagious strategic adaptation of international terrorist organizations.