Matthew Denny

Matthew Denny

PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics

BDSS-IGERT Fellow (2015-2017)

C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Research Scientist, Facebook Core Data Science (from Summer 2019).

Research Associate, Georgetown University, Massive Data Institute (from Summer 2019).


  1. M.Sc. Resource Economics, UMass Amherst, 2013
  2. M.A. Political Science, UMass Amherst, 2015


Matt is a Political Science PhD student co-advised by Bruce Desmarais (Political Science) and Hanna Wallach (Microsoft Research, NYC). The substantive focus of his work centers on the study of Congress, state and local bureaucracy, and organizational dynamics, through the use of computational social science methods. In service of this research agenda, he focuses on developing and implementing machine learning algorithms for analyzing social processes. He has a particular interest in developing new statistical models for text, networks, and text-valued networks. Matt holds Master’s degrees in Applied Econometrics and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 


Political Science:
PhD Candidate
Social Data Analytics:
Dual-title PhD Student