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  • Expert at distilling complicated real-world problems and matching innovative sources of data with advanced research methods to yield clear, impactful results.

  • Experienced at managing complex, concurrent research projects, collaborating with multi-disciplinary researchers to yield strategic insights.

  • Experienced lobbyist, accustomed to advocate on behalf of organizations and engage groups internal and external to my organization.

Technical Skills

Causal Inference Machine Learning

Experimental Design R, Python, SQL

Data Visualization PHP, HTML, CSS

Professional Experience

University of California, Davis

Assistant Professor of Methodology (July 2016 - present)

  • Designed and conducted rigorous, quantitative analysis using statistical and machine learning methods to further a cross-disciplinary research agenda with published articles in political science, economics and health policy peer-reviewed journals.

  • Built automated processes (using R) to retrieve unstructured data from online archives and structured data via APIs, then codified and modeled data to predict relevant outcomes.

  • Engineered and analyzed survey experiments, including developing innovative methods for non-parametric analysis of multi-factorial experiments and methods for responsive designs.

  • Advanced knowledge of statistical techniques and concepts for prediction and causal inference. Designed and taught graduate-level methods courses at UC Davis and UC Berkeley on the subjects.

U.S. Department of Education

Presidential Management Fellow, Policy Analyst (July 2005 - July 2007)

  • Led multi-million dollar research projects on K12 education topics. Received award for outstanding performance for work on school testing and accountability.

  • Coordinated with federal and state government agencies and private research contractors, acting as a liaison between experts, political staff, school administrators and the public.

  • Communicated research results and policy expertise to leadership, including the US President, field experts, practitioners and public audiences.

Baltimore City Mayor's Office

Mayoral Fellow (June 2004 - August 2004)

  • Coordinated directly with city agencies, labor unions, civic organizations, and local businesses to complete major renovation projects in more than 150 public schools in three months.

  • Documented the campaign's success, and advertised the results to the public.

Council of Chief State School Officers

Legislative Associate (February 2000 - May 2003), Consultant (July 2003 - August 2003)

  • Represented the interests of the nation's state superintendents education before Congress, the White House, and the US Department of Education.

  • Formulated the organization's strategic response to the No Child Left Behind Act and facilitated negotiations between the White House and membership concerning the development of testing and reporting standards under the new law.

  • Drafted policy, issue briefs, press statements, letters to Congress and the Administration in quick-paced, rapidly changing political environment.

  • Actions successfully preserved state superintendent's authority over implementation. Received award for outstanding performance.

Awards and Honors

  • Political Analysis Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2017

  • Hellman Fellow, 2017

  • Award for Teaching Performance for Essential Methodological Tools, 2010

  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) Fellowship, National Science Foundation and University of California at Berkeley, 2008-2010

  • Presidential Management Fellowship, 2005-2007

  • Baltimore Mayoral Fellowship, 2004


Ph.D., Travers Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2014

M.A., Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2013

M.P.P., Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2005

B.A., University of Chicago: Egyptology and Economics, 1999