I’m a PhD candidate in political science at MIT. In July 2017 I start a postdoc with Microsoft Research’s computational social science group, and in July 2018 I will join the Princeton Department of Politics as an assistant professor.
My primary research interests are at the intersection of network analysis and causal inference, with application to comparative politics and a particular focus on the Middle East. I develop quantitative models and methods for new forms of social science data, including path data for sequential decision-making and audiovisual data conveying human emotion. I also work extensively with smartphone measurement of social networks, movement, and media consumption.
My work has received the John T. Williams dissertation prize and the best poster award by the Society for Political Methodology, and it was supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I obtained a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.