Ben (www.gebre-medhin.com) is a PhD Candiate in sociology. His interests are in the subfields of organization, the professions, and higher education. His dissertation focuses on elite universities and the MOOC movement. For part of that project it uses topic models and text analysis tools to document changes in discourse within an organizational or professional field over time.
Nick is a sociologist and fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. At the D-Lab, Nick served as a consultant and instructor on text analysis and research management. His research work focuses on governance and the use of force, and innovates new text analysis approaches. He is currently leading a data science team creating software to generate large, complex, and transparent databases via researcher-directed crowd annotation and machine learning.