I am a PhD candidate at Harvard’s Department of Government, and a data scientist. In my dissertation, I study political socialization - the long term impact of formative life events on political behavior. One aim of my research is to identify strategies to reduce the extent of political polarization in Western democracies. I use quantitative methods and causal inference to identify the determinants of pro-democracy beliefs, electoral participation, and partisanship.
At Harvard, I am as a resident tutor and academic advisor at Mather House, as well as a graduate student affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
As a data scientist, I have previously worked for a spatial analytics startup in Silicon Valley (Orbital Insight), and international organizations such as the The World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). I also helped develop the publicly available HarvardX Data Science Certificate online course.
I grew up in Austria, where I did my undergraduate studies at Vienna University of Economics and worked as a business journalist. Later, I was fortunate to receive a Fulbright stipend, which allowed me to pursue graduate school in the US.
When I’m not working, chances are you can find me doing one of the following: Exploring the greater Boston area by bike, going on adventures with my dog Laika, hanging out with the wonderful residents of Mather, or taste-testing one of the many great coffee shops and restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville with friends.
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As a quantitatively inclined social scientist, I am excited about the growing systematic use of data by governments, non-profits and companies.
I am currently most excited about
Innovations in these methods occur fast, so to stay up to date I am pursuing a masters degree at Harvard’s Department of Statistics.
I have served as a teaching fellow or course assistant for the following courses at Harvard:
I am also happy to advise undergraduate theses on a wide range of topics. Simply send me an e-mail and tell me a bit about your research interests.