I am a data scientist and machine learning engineer formally trained as a quantitative political scientist. I am the Director of Data Science 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

Other Experience

  • 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