SISRM Faculty

Paul Poast

Paul Poast

Director, Summer Institute in Social Research Methods; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Paul Poast is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research on international relations and quantitative methodology has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Political Analysis, among others. Paul received his PhD from the University of Michigan (where his dissertation won the Peace Science Society’s Walter Isard Award), an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Miami University. Prior to Chicago, Paul was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and, before beginning his PhD, Paul taught in the Department of Economics at The Ohio State University.

Course Faculty

Kevin Credit

Kevin Credit

Assistant Director for Urban Informatics, Center for Spatial Data Science

Before pursuing his doctorate, Kevin worked as a long-range planner for two years in Manhattan, Kansas, serving as the staff liaison to the Historic Resources Board. This experience influences Kevin’s focus on research questions that can be directly applied to pressing urban problems, and on developing analyses that point to solutions that can be readily implemented by practicing planners.

Methodologically, he focuses primarily on quantitative econometric and spatial analysis approaches, including quasi-experimental regression methods, hierarchical linear modeling, spatial collocation and clustering techniques, spatial econometrics, and even some remote sensing approaches (geographic object-based image analysis).

Website: https://kevincredit.wordpress.com/

Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

Mansueto Fellow & Postdoctoral Scholar

Benjamin Fogarty Valenzuela is a Mansueto fellow and post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Sociology. He specializes in Cultural, Political, and Visual Anthropology, with an ethnographic focus on youth, education, the war on drugs and middle class identity. His research brings an anthropological perspective to social mobility, youth aspiration and the politics of free time in contemporary Brazil. In his anthropological studies, Benjamin has focused on the social and cultural effects of pedagogies of drug prohibition as they intersect with policies of social inclusion and citizenship formation in Latin America. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University.

Colin Quirk

Colin Quirk

Department of Psychology

Colin is focused on using behavioral and EEG methods to understand basic cognitive systems such as working memory, attention, and long-term memory. His current research involves working with large datasets to explore aspects of working memory that often go ignored in typical research.

Christopher Roark

Christopher Roark

Assistant Instructional Professor, Department of Economics

Christopher Roark is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. His research interests include International Macroeconomics, International Finance, and Macroeconomic Labor. He holds a PhD in Economics from Duke University.

Yanyan Sheng

Yanyan Sheng

Senior Lecturer, Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Yanyan Sheng is Senior Lecturer of the Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. Her primary research interests focus on modeling dichotomous responses in educational and psychological measurement using advanced modern statistics, specifically, on developing and applying complex, yet efficient Bayesian hierarchical item response models. She has also been collaborating with her colleagues in areas such as science assessment, game-based learning, health education where she applies statistical/measurement methods to real data conditions.

Prior to joining the university, Sheng was a Professor of Quantitative Methods at Southern Illinois University (SIU), where she has taught graduate-level courses in educational measurement and statistics for fourteen years. She was recipient of the 2006 APA Division 5 (Measurement, Evaluation & Statistics) Distinguished Dissertation Award, and the 2014 SIU COEHS Scholar Excellence Award. 

Benjamin Soltoff

Benjamin Soltoff

Assistant Director & Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science

Dr. Soltoff is Assistant Director & Assistant Instructional Professor in the Computational Social Science program. He is a political scientist with concentrations in American government, political methodology, and law and courts. Additionally, he has training and experience in data science, big data analytics, and policy evaluation. He completed his BA in political science at James Madison University and both his MA and PhD at Pennsylvania State University.

Philip Waggoner

Philip Waggoner

Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science

Dr. Waggoner is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Masters in the Computational Social Science program and a political scientist applying experimental, statistical, and computational techniques to explore a variety of social science behavior. His research has appeared in numerous political science, statistics, and software outlets, and has received generous financial support from several funders. His teaching interests include American political decision- making, machine learning, applied statistics, and statistical computing. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Houston.

Faculty Mentors in the Research Assistantship Program

Eman Abdelhadi

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development; Provost Postdoctoral Fellow

Anjali Adukia

Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy and the College

Michael Albertus

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Frederik Albritton Jonsson

Associate Professor, Department of History

Wilma Bainbridge

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Sean Brotherton

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College

Kevin Credit

Assistant Instructional Professor and Assistant Director for Urban Informatics, Center for Spatial Data Science

Jonathan Dingel

Associate Professor, Booth School of Business; Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

Eve Ewing

Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Diogo Ferrari

Assistant Instructional Professor, Masters in Computational Social Science

Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

Mansueto Fellow and Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology

Eyal Frank

Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Peter Ganong

Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Marco Garrido

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Joshua Gottlieb

Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Sydney Hans

Frank P Dixon Distinguished Service Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Waldo E Johnson, Jr

Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Micere Keels

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development

Boaz Keysar

William Benton Professor, Department of Psychology; Chair, Cognition Program

Katherine D Kinzler

Professor, Department of Psychology

Julia Koschinsky

Executive Director, Center for Spatial Data Science

Benjamin Lessing

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

John List

Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, Department of Economics

Nicole P. Marwell

Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Simon Mongey

Associate Professor in Economics and the College, Department of Economics

Jennifer E Mosley

Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Casey Mulligan

Professor in Economics and the College, Department of Economics

Monika Nalepa

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Stephan Palmié

Professor, Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College

Paul Poast

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science

Eugene Raikhel

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development; Director, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

Shantá R Robinson

Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Monica Rosenberg

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Kristen Schilt

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Benjamin Soltoff

Assistant Director and Assistant Instructional Professor, Masters in Computational Social Science

James T Sparrow

Associate Professor, Department of History

Emily Talen

Professor, Division of the Social Sciences; Director, Urbanism Lab

Miwa Yasui

Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Alan Zarychta

Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Anthony Zhang

Assistant Professor, Booth School of Business