I am a data scientist and machine learning engineer formally trained as a quantitative political scientist. Currently I am Chief Data Scientist at the Kenyan startup BRCK. Previously, I founded New Knowledge and the data science podcast, Partially Derivative. Prior to New Knowledge, I led Ushahidi’s work on crisis and humanitarian data and launched CrisisNET. I was also 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.
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- 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
- Chief Data Scientist, BRCK, 2017 - Present
- Creator, Machine Learning Flashcards, 2017 - Present
- Author, Python Machine Learning Cookbook, O’Reilly Media, Forthcoming
- 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
- 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