Many thanks to the speakers and the student panelists for their time. Zoom links provided below. Questions? Contact .


Sept 11th Friday 11am - Bluebonnet Data - Paul Dingus

Paul is the technical director at Bluebonnet Data, a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and organizes people with skills in coding and data science to volunteer on data analyst teams for progressive campaigns and causes. He is also a Data Scientist and policy nerd who believes in asking the right questions.

Sept 18th Friday 11am - Brookings Institution - Alex Engler

Alex Engler studies the implications of artificial intelligence and emerging data technologies on society and governance. Engler also teaches classes on large-scale data science and visualization at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where he is an Adjunct Professor and Affiliated Scholar.

Student Panelists: Nick Brinkmann, Janna Ramadan.

Oct 2nd Friday 11am - American University - Nathan Favero

Nathan is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University on leave from his position as an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration & Policy within the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research interests include public administration and management, race and ethnicity, quantitative methodology, education policy, and formal theories of cooperation and policy-making.

Student Panelists: Ruy Martinez, Noah Dasanaike.

Oct 16th Friday 11am - American Enterprise Institute - Charles Murray

Charles is one of the most influential social scientists on the right over the last 50 years. His 2012 book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 has been assigned in Harvard classrooms, most recently American Democracy, taught by Cornel West and Roberto Unger. His most recent book is Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class. Although the focus of the talk will be these two most recent books, Charles welcomes questions about his other work. See more here.

Nov 13th Friday 11am - Vanity Fair - Bethany McLean

Bethany is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. She is also a columnist at Yahoo Finance and a contributor to CNBC. Some of her books include the The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron and All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. She also serves on the board of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago and is graduate of Williams College.

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Dec 11th Friday 11am - UC Berkeley Sociology Phd Candidate - Sarah Merchant

Sarah is a Phd Candidate in the Sociology department at UC Berkeyley. Previously, she was a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow at Opportunity Insights. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.

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Student Panelist: Yifan Chen.