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.
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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
- Director of Data Science, Devoted Health, 2018 - Present
- Chief Data Scientist, BRCK, 2017 - 2018
- Author, Machine Learning With Python Cookbook, O’Reilly 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 Data, Ushahidi, 2013 - 2015
- 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.
- 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