I am Assistant Professor in the departments of Public Administration and Policy and Political Science at the University of Georgia.

My current methods research interests include developing computational tools for dealing  with the idiosyncrasies of online experiments, Bayesian experimental design and analysis, machine learning methods for text and image analysis with a special interest in Bayesian nonparametrics, hierarchical Bayesian modeling of spatial data and stochastic optimization methods.  After graduating from Berkeley, I spent two awesome years in Cambridge as a Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and am an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS). I also hold an AM in Statistics from the Harvard University Department of Statistics where Don Rubin was my adviser.

Methodology Interests

  • Statistics of Causal Inference and Design of Experiments
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Machine Learning for Text and Image Analysis
  • Computer Vision
  • Scalable Stochastic Optimization
  • Spatial Data Visualization and Analysis

Substantive Interests

  • Political Behavior
  • Political Communication
  • Political Violence
  • The Politics of Migration and Immigration
  • Race and Ethnicity