About me

I am a PhD student in Cornell’s Policy Analysis and Management program. During the summer of 2020 I served as a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. I hold an MSc in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics and a BA in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg. I have also worked for two years as a data scientist and product manager at a people analytics firm called Multi Health Systems Inc.

I am interested in a lot of things. Here is what I’ve thought about most lately:

Traveling

I like to travel. I especially like to stay for extended periods to get a feel for daily life. I made a map of all the places I have gone so far, mostly to hold myself accountable for filling in the rest. Here is my progress so far:

Timeline

Right now

  • First time as a TA. The course is called ‘Statistics for PAM Majors’
  • Trying to build out my own research portfolio
  • Taking more methods courses and graduate seminars

06/2020 - 08/2020: Data Science for Social Good

  • Developed an R package to quantify vote dilution in US elections
  • Met many inspiring people
  • Learned a lot. Some highlights:
    • The “human-centered design” approach to data science
    • How to collaborate on a coding project with a team spread across North America
    • The intricacies of voting rights litigation and empirical research on voting
    • Applied Bayesian statistics and spatial analysis in R

09/2019 - 05/2020: First year at Cornell

  • Took courses in economics, statistics, computer science, sociology, and demography
  • Started contributing to some ongoing research projects
  • Became an affiliate of the Cornell Population Center (CPC)
  • Moved back to Canada when the pandemic forced classes online in March

06/2019 - 08/2019: Free summer

  • Visited friends in Berlin, road-tripped through Italy
  • Got engaged!
  • Traveled with my fiancee through South America:
    • Fancy hotel in Cartegena
    • Snorkeling on the Galapagos Islands
    • Five day hike to Machu Picchu
    • Drove through the Bolivian Salt Flats

09/2017 - 05/2019: Multi Health Systems

  • Did data science and product development research on a small “intrepreneurial” team called the Innovation Hub
  • Moved to product management:
    • Developed a business plan for a workplace mental health assessment product
    • Led a small team to help clients connect to the product’s API

09/2016 - 08/2017: London School of Economics

  • Took courses in sociology, political science, demography, and causal inference
  • Met some amazing people from all over Europe and the rest of the world
  • Took weekend trips to Croatia, Scotland, Barcelona
  • First exposure to R, and to programming (addicted ever since)
  • Presented at the European Association of Social Psychology Conference in Granada, Spain

09/2012 - 09/2016: University of Winnipeg

  • Studied political psychology in an undergraduate research lab
  • Wrote a book chapter and a text analysis paper