About Sam Zhang
my email is shimian dot my last name at gmail.com
Pronouns: he/him.

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the area of Science Policy. I consider myself a computational social scientist and a data scientist.

My research applies a wide range of techniques from data science — from statistics and mathematical modeling to surveys and experimentation — toward the study of complex social systems, ranging from academic careers to human rights. My advisor is Aaron Clauset.

During my PhD, I was a (2x) research intern with the MSR NYC Computational Social Science group and a Data Science & Human Rights Fellow with HRDAG. Previously, I worked as a software consultant at Pivotal Labs, a software engineer at multiple startups including on a DARPA project, and as a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago. I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Psychology from Swarthmore College in 2014.

I am organizing to improve public higher education with my labor union, United Campus Workers Colorado, and currently serving my second term on the Executive Board of CWA 7799.

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