Elijah Mercer

Job title: 
Data Science for Social Justice Fellow 2024
School of Information

Elijah, originally from Newark, New Jersey, now resides in San Francisco, California, dedicated to social and juvenile justice. With a Criminology degree from American University, he began as a research intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, focusing on the Digital Divide.

Teaching in Baltimore with Teach for America reinforced his belief in research and data for marginalized communities. In roles at the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, New York Police Department, and San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Elijah used data to combat crime. Now leading Data For JustUS, he empowers communities through data-driven approaches, pursuing a Master’s at UC Berkeley, supported by mentors and colleagues.

Research interests: 

Criminal Justice, Communications (Domains); Areas of Interested: NLP, Machine Learning