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Bruce Desmarais
Director of Graduate Studies, SoDA
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Head of Program, SoDA
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Placement

Below are the placements of students in the SoDA graduate program and its precursors, BDSS-IGERT and QuaSSI. For greater detail, see the Graduate Alumni listings.

"SoDA" indicates the student completed the minor or dual-title in SoDA (only possible for recent students). The first students to complete their PhD with the SoDA minor graduated in 2018. The first dual-title students are anticipated in 2019.

"BDSS" indicates the student was a funded trainee of BDSS-IGERT. These students all completed the equivalent of the SoDA curriculum prior to it being formally available.

"QuaSSI" indicates the student was a funded QuaSSI predoctoral fellow.  Most QuaSSI predocs after 2012 were also BDSS Affiliates, participating in many of the joint BDSS research and training activities. The QuaSSI predoctoral fellowship prior to 2012 provided the model for the BDSS traineeship, particularly the research rotations.

"C-SoDA" indicates the student was a funded C-SoDA predoctoral fellow.

Below are the placements (initial through current) of each SoDA/BDSS/QuaSSI/C-SoDA student who completed their PhD (and two ABDs). 

Academic -- Tenure track positions

  • Rutgers, Political Science, Fall 2019- (Mike Kenwick, 2017, Political Science / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
    • from Penn, postdoc
  • SMU, Psychology, Fall 2019- (Stephanie Wilson, 2014, Human Development & Family Studies / BDSS)
    • from Ohio State, postdoc
  • RIT, Computer Science (Alex Ororbia, 2018, Information Sciences / SoDA / BDSS)
  • Georgia, International Affairs (Molly Ariotti, 2018, Political Science / BDSS) 
  • Miami (Ohio), Political Science (Kevin Reuning, 2018, Political Science  / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
  • Temple, Statistics (Vishesh Karwa, 2013, Statistics / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
    • from Ohio State, Statistics, tenure track
    • from Harvard, postdoc
    • from Carnegie Mellon, postdoc
  • Delaware, Political Science (Ben Bagozzi, 2013, Political Science / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
    • from Minnesota, Political Science, tenure track
  • UT-Dallas, Political Science (Vito D'Orazio, 2014, Political Science / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
    • from Harvard, postdoc
  • Ohio State (see Temple / Karwa - tenure track)
  • Minnesota (see Delaware / Bagozzi - tenure track)
  • UMass, Political Science / Computational Social Science (Doug Rice, 2013, Political Science / QuaSSI)
    • from Mississippi, tenure track
  • Mississippi, Political Science (see UMass / Rice - tenure track)
  • Texas Tech, Political Science (Daehee Bak, Political Science / QuaSSI)
  • Hunan, Sociology (Xiaozhou Wang, Sociology & Demography / QuaSSI)
  • Waterloo, Statistics (Yeying Zhu, Statistics / QuaSSI)
  • Geneva (Simone Dietrich, Political Science / QuaSSI)
    • from Essex - tenure track
    • from Missouri - tenure track
    • from Princeton - postdoc
  • Essex (see Geneva/Dietrich)
  • Missouri (see Geneva/Dietrich)
  • East Anglia Politics (Eitan Tzelgov, Political Science / QuaSSI)
    • from Gothenburg - postdoc
  • Iowa Political Science (Julianna Pacheco, Political Science / QuaSSI)
  • Utah State Political Science (Anna Pechenkina, Political Science / QuaSSI)
    • from Carnegie Mellon - postdoc
  • Pittsburgh Psychology (Aidan Wright, Psychology / QuaSSI)
  • UC-Davis Political Science (Kyle Joyce, Political Science / QuaSSI)
  • UT - San Antonio Demography (Corey Sparks, Anthropology / QuaSSI)
  • Calgary Political Science (Tatiana Vashchilko, Political Science / QuaSSI)
Academic -- Postdoctoral Positions
  • Stanford Screenomics Lab, Fall 2019- (Xiaoran Sun, 2019 exp., Human Development & Family Studies / SoDA / BDSS)
  • NYU-Abu Dhabi Political Science, Fall 2019- (Yaoyao Dai, 2019 exp., Political Science / C-SoDA)
  • Pitt (Rachel Koffer, 2018, Human Development & Family Studies / BDSS)
  • NYU Center for Data Science, Social Media and Political Participation Lab (Frido Linder, 2018, Political Science / SoDA / BDSS)
  • UCLA Department of Geography (Jennifer Mason, Political Science / BDSS)
  • Penn Perry World House, "Borders and Boundaries in World Politics" (see Rutgers/Kenwick - tenure track)
  • Arizona State (Francesco Acciai, Sociology / BDSS Affil / QuaSSI)
  • Ohio State College of Medicine (see SMU / Wilson - tenure track)
  • Concordia (see TED/Idris - non-profit sector)
  • Johns Hopkins Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (see IARPA/Beieler - public sector)
  • Harvard University Center for Research on Computation and Society (see Temple / Karwa - tenure track)
  • Carnegie Mellon University Statistics (see Temple / Karwa - tenure track)
  • Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science (see UT-Dallas/d'Orazio - tenure track)
  • Central Queensland University (Amanda Hyde Rebar, 2013, Kinesiology / QuaSSI)
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (see Kaiser / Nau - private sector)
  • Gothenburg Varieties of Democracy (see East Anglia / Tzelgov - tenure track)
  • Princeton (see Geneva / Dietrich - tenure track)
  • Carnegie Mellon (see Utah State / Pechenkina - tenure track)
Other Academic
  • Georgetown, Massive Data Institute, Adjunct Research Associate (Matt Denny, concurrent with Facebook)
  • Chicago, Lecturer of Computational Social Science (Benjamin Soltoff, Political Science / BDSS Affil / QuaSSI)
  • Virginia Tech, Social Science Data Consultant and Education (Nate Porter, Sociology / BDSS Affil / QuaSSI)
Private Sector Research / Data Science
  • Facebook Research, Core Data Science (Matt Denny, 2019 exp, Political Science / SoDA / BDSS) [also Adjunct Research Associate, Georgetown Massive Data Institute]
  • RAND Corporation (Joshua Snoke, 2018, Statistics / SoDA / BDSS)
  • Verisk New York (Ryan McMahon, 2018, Political Science / SoDA / BDSS)
  • Strava (see Vermont DOT / Nelson - public sector)
  • Verisk Dublin (Christopher Boylan, 2017, Political Science / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
  • Google (Mo Yu, Information Sciences / BDSS)
  • RTI International (Chris Inkpen, Sociology & Demography / BDSS)
  • Google (Wanghuan Chu, 2016, Statistics / BDSS)
  • Verisk London (Ben Fisher, 2016, Political Science / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
  • SAIS / Scitor (Cindy Cook, ABD, Statistics / SoDA / BDSS Fellow)
  • Google (Jay Yonamine, 2013, Political Science / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
  • Caerus Analytics (see IARPA/Beieler - public sector)
  • IBM Research (Peifeng Yin, Computer Science / BDSS Affiliate / QuaSSI)
  • Match.com Data Scientist (Brett Beattie, Sociology / QuaSSI)
  • Kaiser Pharmaceutical Research Scientist (Claudia Nau, Sociology & Demography / QuaSSI)
    • from Johns Hopkins - postdoc
Public & Non-Profit Sector Research / Data Science
  • IARPA Program Manager (John Beieler, 2016, Political Science / BDSS Fellow)
    • from Johns Hopkins Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (postdoc)
    • from Caerus Analytics (private sector)
  • Vermont Dept of Transportation (Jonathan Nelson, 2019 exp, Geography / SoDA / BDSS)
    • from Strava (private sector)
  • Ipsos Public Affairs Associate Research Scientist (Beatrice Abiero, 2016, Health Policy & Demography / BDSS Fellow)
  • TED Conferences Resident (Muhammed Idris, 2016, Political Science / BDSS Fellow)
    • from Concordia, postdoc
  • NASA Visualization Lead (Joshua Stevens, ABD, Geography / BDSS Fellow)
  • United Nations Population Fund (Satvika Chalasani, Sociology & Demography / QuaSSI)