About Me

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I am a social scientist and analytics expert based in Memphis, Tennessee. Professionally, I am devoted to and experienced in combining high-level statistics, data mining, and the scientific method to construct and implement innovative research designs in order to answer questions that matter.

I currently work as a Research & Data Analyst with the University of Memphis, where I work as a statistical evaluator of federal grant programs that strive to improve educational and health outcomes in the Mississippi Delta. This work is exciting because it covers so many areas, including advanced statistics, research design, public health, educational research, and academic publication. In addition to my work with the University, I work as a freelance data scientist and course developer/instructor.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester in 2017. At Rochester, I focused on international relations, comparative politics, and political methodology. My dissertation combines state-of-the-art text-as-data tools, network analysis, machine learning, and conventional statistical analysis to discover insights about the role of the diplomatic bureaucracy in international relations. As a Rochester alumnus, I am proud to have participated in “the most rigorous, technical, and mathematical training program available within a department of political science anywhere in the world.”

I received my B.A. in political science, economics, international studies, and German from the University of Memphis in 2012. I am an expert in R, and am proficient in STATA, SPSS, and Excel.