Graduate Students (Alumni)

Beatrice Abiero

  • Associate Research Scientist, Ipsos Public Affairs (2016-)
  • PhD, Health Policy & Administration and Demography (2016)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 1 (2012-2014)

Francesco Acciai

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
  • PhD, Sociology and Demography, 2016
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2014-15)

Margaret (Molly) Ariotti

  • Assistant Professor of International Affairs, University of Georgia
  • PhD, Political Science (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 1 (2012-2013)

Benjamin Bagozzi

  • Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations, University of Delaware
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota (2013-2015)
  • PhD, Political Science (2013)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2012-2013)

Daehee Bak

  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Texas Tech University
  • PhD, Political Science (2013)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2010-11)

Brett Beattie

  • Data Science Manager, Match.com
  • PhD, Sociology & Demography (2015)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2011-12)

John Beieler

  • Director of Science & Technology, Office of the Director for National Intelligence (2019-)
  • Program Manager, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), 2017-2019
  • Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University, Human Language Technology Center for Excellence (2016-2017)
  • Data Scientist, Caerus Analytics (2015-2016)
  • PhD, Political Science (2016)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 2 (2013-2015)

Jason José Bendezú

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Child Development, University of Minnesota
  • PhD, Psychology (2018)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2013-14)

Christopher Boylan

  • Data Scientist, Verisk (Dublin)
  • PhD, Political Science (2017)
  • MS, Applied Statistics
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2015-16)

Satvika Chalasani

  • Technical Specialist & UNFPA Lead on Ending Child Marriage, United Nations Population Fund
  • Research Fellow, The Population Council (2010-12)
  • PhD, Sociology and Demography (2010)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2007-08)

Wanghuan Chu

  • Data Scientist, Google (2016-)
  • PhD 2016, Statistics
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 2 (2013-2015)

Cindy Cook

  • Data Scientist, SAIS
  • ABD, Statistics
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 3 (2014-2016)

Vito D'Orazio

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University (2014-2015)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University (2013-2014)
  • PhD, Political Science (2013)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2011-12)

Yaoyao Dai

  • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2020-)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU-Abu Dhabi (2019-20)
  • PhD, Political Science and Asian Studies (2019)
  • C-SoDA Predoctoral Research Associate (2018-19)

Matthew Denny

  • Research Scientist, Facebook Core Data Science (2019-).
  • Research Associate, Georgetown University, Massive Data Institute (2019-).
  • PhD, Political Science and Social Data Analytics (2019)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow (2015-2017)

Simone Dietrich

  • Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Senior Lecturer and Director of ESSEXLab, University of Essex (2015-17)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Missouri (2012-15)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University (2011-12)
  • PhD, Political Science (2011)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2009-10)

Ben Fisher

  • Head of Data Science, Verisk Maplecroft (New York)
  • PhD, Political Science (2016)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2014-15)

Mitchell Goist

  • PhD, Political Science (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2019)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2016-17)
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Maggie Houchen

  • Senior Vice President for Research, Baylor College of Medicine
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 3 (2013-14)

Carolynne Hultquist

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University (2020-)
  • PhD, Geography (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2019)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 4 (2015-2017)

Timmy Huynh

  • Data Analyst, Eberly College of Science, Penn State
  • ABD, Sociology
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 3 (2014-16)

Muhammed Idris

  • Director of Data, Product, and Technology, PLUS1
  • Fellow, Capria Ventures
  • Cofounder, Edel Technologies
  • Principle Data Scientist, TeraCrunch
  • Resident, TED Conferences (2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Concordia University (2016-2018)
  • PhD, Political Science (2016)
  • BDSS Fellow, Cohort 1 (2012-2014)

Christopher Inkpen

  • Data Scientist, RTI International
  • PhD, Sociology and Demography (2017)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 2 (2013-2015)

Kyle Joyce

  • Lecturer, Government Analytics, Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of California at Davis (2008-2016)
  • PhD, Political Science (2008)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2006-07)

Vishesh Karwa

  • Assistant Professor, Statistical Science, Temple University
  • Assistant Professor, Statistics, Ohio State University (2017-19)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Computation and Society, Harvard University (2015-17)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University (2014-15)
  • PhD, Statistics (2014)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2012-13)

Michael Kenwick

  • Assistant Professor, Political Science, Rutgers University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania (2017-2019)
  • PhD, Political Science (2017)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2015-2016)

Rachel Koffer

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD, Human Development & Family Studies (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 2 (2013-15)

Fridolin Jakob Linder

  • Data Scientist, Siemens Mobility, Intelligent Traffic Systems Lab
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Media and Political Participation (SMAPP) Lab (2018-19).
  • PhD, Political Science (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 3 (2014-2016)

Xi Liu

  • Software Engineer, Google Cloud AI
  • PhD, Geography (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2019)

Jennifer Smith Mason

  • Professor of Practice, University of Arizona
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA (2018-19)
  • PhD, Geography (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 1 (2012-2014)

Ryan McMahon

  • Data Scientist, Google, YouTube Data Science Team
  • Data Scientist, Verisk Maplecroft (2018-2019)
  • PhD, Political Science (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 4 (2015-17)

Claudia Nau

  • Research Scientist, Division of Behavioral Research, Kaiser Permanente
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • PhD, Sociology and Demography (2012)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2008-09)

Jonathan Nelson

  • Vermont Department of Transportation
  • User Experience Designer, Strava (2015-2018)
  • PhD, Geography (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2019)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 3 (2014-2015)

Alex Ororbia, II

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science, RIT
  • PhD, Informatics (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 3 (2014-2016)

Julianna Pacheco

  • Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, University of Michigan (2010-12)
  • PhD, Political Science (2010)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2008-09)

Anna Pechenkina

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Utah State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Politics & Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University (2013-16)
  • PhD, Political Science (2013)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2008-09)

Nathaniel Porter

  • Social Science Data Consultant & Data Education Coordinator, Informatics Lab, Virginia Tech
  • PhD, Sociology (2017)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2013-14)

Amanda Rebar

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow
  • PhD, Kinesiology (2013)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2011-12)

Kevin Reuning

  • Assistant Professor, Miami University (of Ohio), Fall 2018-
  • PhD, Political Science (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2016-17)

Doug Rice

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • PhD, Political Science (2013)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2011-12)

John Schoeneman

  • Watkins Global Trade Scholars Supervisor, Oklahoma State University
  • PhD, Political Science & Social Data Analytics (2019)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 5, 2016-2017

Mark Simpson

  • PhD, Geography (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2019)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 5 (2016-2018)

Joshua Snoke

  • Associate Statistician, RAND Corporation
  • PhD, Statistics (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2018)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 3 (2014-16)

Benjamin Soltoff

  • Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science, University of Chicago
  • Assistant Director, Masters in Computational Social Science, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Political Science (2014)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2013-14)

Sam Stehle

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Centre for Geocomputation, Maynooth University
  • PhD, Geography (2017)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 2 (2013-2015)

Joshua Stevens

  • Scientific Visualization & Cartographic Quality Lead, NASA Earth Observatory
  • ABD, Geography
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 1 (2012-14)

Xiaoran Sun

  • Stanford University Data Science Scholar (2020-)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, The Screenomics Lab (2019-)
  • PhD, Human Development & Family Studies (SoDA Graduate Minor) (2019)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 6 & QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2017-2018)

Zhanna Terechshenko

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University, Social Media and Political Participation (SMAPP) Lab
  • PhD, Political Science and Social Data Analytics (2019)

Eitan Tzelgov

  • Lecturer in Politics, University of East Anglia
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Varieties of Democracy Project, University of Gothenburg (2013-15)
  • PhD, Political Science (2013)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2009-10)

Tatiana Vashchilko

  • Assistant Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
  • PhD, Political Science (2011)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2006-07)

Xiaozhou Wang

  • Assistant Professor, Hunan University of Humanities, Science, & Technology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, S4 - Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown University
  • PhD, Sociology and Demography (2012)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2010-11)

Stephanie Wilson

  • Assistant Professor, Psychology, Southern Methodist University
  • Director, SHARE Lab
  • Pelatonia Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Ohio State University (2016-19)
  • PhD, Human Development & Family Studies (2016)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 1 (2012-14)

Aidan Wright

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Director, Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY-Buffalo (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD, Psychology (2012)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2007-08)

Peifeng Yin

  • Software Engineer, Pinterest
  • Research Scientist, IBM Research (2014-19)
  • PhD, Computer Science & Engineering (2014)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2012-13)

Jay Yonamine

  • Head of Data Science, Operations, and Quality for Global Patents, Google
  • PhD, Political Science (2013)
  • BDSS-IGERT Affiliate and QuaSSI Predoctoral Fellow (2012-13)

Mo Yu

  • Software Engineer, Google
  • PhD, Information Sciences and Technology (2017)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 1 (2012-14)

Yeying Zhu

  • Assistant Professor of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Statistics (2013)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (2010-11)