I am a data scientist and machine learning engineer formally trained as a quantitative political scientist. I work at Devoted Health, using data science and machine learning to help fix America’s health care system. Previously, I was Chief Data Scientist at the Kenyan startup BRCK, founded the AI company New Knowledge, cohosted the data science podcast Partially Derivative, led the humanitarian non-profit Ushahidi’s work on crisis data, and was the director of the low-resource technology governance project at FrontlineSMS.

I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis researching the quantitative impact of civil wars on health care systems. I earned a B.A. from the University of Miami, where I triple majored in political science, international studies, and religious studies.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Davis. 2012
    • Dissertation: “Civil Wars And Health Systems”, a quantitative analysis of the determinants of rebel and government behavior towards health system destruction and reconstruction using original data
    • Fields: International Relations, Quantitative Methodology, and Epidemiology
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, Davis. 2010
    • Thesis: “U.N. Peace Operations And Public Health After Civil War”
  • B.A., University of Miami, Miami, FL. 2006
    • Triple majored in political science, international studies, and religious studies

Work Experience

  • Data Scientist, Devoted Health, 2018 - Present
  • Chief Data Scientist, BRCK, 2017 - 2018
  • Author, Machine Learning With Python Cookbook, O‚ÄôReilly Media, 2018
  • Creator, Machine Learning Flashcards, 2017
  • Co-founder & Co-host, Partially Derivative, 2014 - 2017
    • Co-founded a podcast on data and data science.
  • Co-founder & Chief Science Officer, New Knowledge, 2015 - 2016
    • In charge of everything data science and product.
  • Director of CrisisNET, Ushahidi, 2014 - 2015
    • Launched a pipeline for global humanitarian crisis data.
  • Director of Data Projects, Ushahidi, 2013 - 2014
    • The non-profit’s first data science hire; led all data science efforts.
  • Project Director, FrontlineSMS, 2012 - 2013
    • Led FrontlineSMS’s Governance Project, an effort improve the transparency and accountability of governments through low resource mobile technology.

Other Experience

  • Moderator, /r/DataScience, Reddit, 2015 - Present
  • Volunteer Data Scientist, DataKind, 2015
  • Contributor, Daily Dot, 2012 - 2013
    • Write opinion pieces on the politics of data and the internet
  • Contributor, United Nations Dispatch, 2011 - 2013
    • Write news, opinion, and analysis on global affairs, particularly relating to health during conflict, global health politics, and the role of social media
  • Blogger, Conflict Health, 2008 - 2012
    • Designed and launched blog on defending health and health workers against persecution, violence, and armed conflict
    • Wrote 485 posts over four years
    • Cited by major publications including The Atlantic, Harpers, Wired, The Economist, Time, The Guardian, and The American Prospect
  • Contributor, United States Naval Institute Blog, 2009 - 2011
    • Wrote posts on the U.S. Navy’s role in disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, and health diplomacy for one of America’s most prestigious professional military associations
  • Research Assistant, U.C. Davis Department Of Political Science, 2008 - 2009
    • Researched the effect of U.S. defense policy on military suicides
  • Founder, Serve Your World 2002 - 2006
    • An information site on overseas volunteering