I am a philosopher of science, data scientist, and science policy researcher. My primary academic research focuses on the role of ethical and political values in science and public scientific controversies. I’m also interested in bibliometrics, the use of statistics in scientific practice, and data ethics. As a data scientist, much of my work involves network analysis and multilevel generalized linear regression, including Bayesian models in Stan. I have experience with topic models and word embeddings for text data, as well as spatial Durbin models and other methods for spatial data. I work primarily in R, but also have some experience with Python.
My preferred pronouns are they/them/their, but he/him/his are also acceptable.
In September 2017 I joined the Data Science Initiative at UC Davis as a Postdoctoral Researcher. During my postdoc, I am developing a portfolio of projects related to “academic institutional effectiveness.” These projects will draw on a variety of datasets — student enrollment data, faculty data such as grant applications, library or wifi use data, as well external data such as transcripts of government meetings and publication metadata — to address concrete questions about the inner workings and social impact of UC Davis.
From 2015 to 2017 I was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. I spent 2015-16 with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability program; and 2016-17 with the National Science Foundation, where I worked primarily with the National Robotics Initiative. During my time in government, my major projects included portfolio analyses using bibliometrics data.
From 2013 through 2015, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rotman Institue of Philosophy at Western University in London, Ontario. I finished my PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, in April 2012. Before coming to Notre Dame, I did some graduate work in the math and philosophy departments at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and majored in math and political science at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. While at Puget Sound, I was in the Honors Program (a Great Books program by another name) and participated in various debate, music, and undergraduate research activities. I was born and grew up in Northern California.
I have a deep commitment to social justice work and community-based research. In 2013, I served on on the board of directors of Purple Porch Co-op, a local food co-operative in South Bend, Indiana. I was the board’s secretary and co-chaired two committees related to membership and community events. During 2017 I was involved with a deep canvassing project with the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, chapters of Showing Up for Racial Justice [SURJ]. I wrote a theory of change for deep canvassing on racial justice and helped pilot the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. During 2018 I have been involved with the Sacramento chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. I have used my data science and research skills to support the chapter’s major initiatives, including local canvassing for Proposition 10, a rent control initiative.