MA Candidate - Data Science for Politics
Andrew is a political organizer and campaign worker with more than five years of experience up and down the ballot. After completing a BA in Political Science at Macalester College, he spent the next several years working on campaigns in Minnesota, including Representative Ilhan Omar. Years of knocking doors and making phone calls led him to be interested in questions of how campaigns can most effectively change hearts and minds. A desire to further develop the quantitative background needed to rigorously evaluate campaign effectiveness led him to Gallatin, where the majority of his studies were through the Steinhardt program in Applied Statistics and the Center for Data Science.
Andrew's Gallatin thesis explores the increasing salience of white identity in American politics by modeling support for a border wall in small demographic groups such as non-college educated whites. This work clarifies the role that advocating for a wall played in President Trump’s victory in 2016, especially in the Midwest. While completing his MA at NYU, Andrew has worked at a variety of national progressive organizations, including Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Analyst Institute.