Surveys, Sampling & Interviews

Exploring Population Data with IPUMS

November 8, 2022
Exploring Population Data with IPUMS

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Last month, demographer and historian Steve Ruggles was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work developing IPUMS—a harmonized database of individual and family...

Getting Started with Surveys

October 18, 2022
Getting Started With Surveys

Surveys can be an extremely useful tool for gathering information from individuals and groups. They are used across disciplines and industries to help researchers learn more about populations and gain actionable insights. I’ve done extensive survey research in nonprofit and industry settings, using these data to improve programs, make changes to technology, design communications plans, make content acquisition decisions, and much more. In this blog post, I’ll focus on one of the most important parts of survey research — planning....

Claudia von Vacano, Ph.D.

Consulting Drop-In Hours: By appointment only

Consulting Areas: Python, R,Digital Humanities, Mixed Methods, Natural Language Processing, Qualitative methods, Social Network Analysis, Surveys, Sampling & Interviews, Text Analysis,MaxQDA, Qualtrics

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Bo Yun Park, Ph.D.

Postdoc
D-Lab

I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in the D-Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. My research lies at the intersection of political, cultural, and transnational sociology. I am particularly interested in dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion, social change, technology, and digital politics. My dissertation investigated how political strategists in France and the United States craft narratives of political leadership for presidential candidates in the digital age. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology at Harvard University, where I was affiliated with the Institute for Quantitative Social...

Wadzanai Makomva

Discovery Graduate Fellow
School of Information

Wadzanai is a graduate student at the School of Information and she is a part of the MIMS program. She has a vested interest in the integration between data science, technology and developmental surveillance techniques. She has prior experience working as a quantitative analyst in project management consulting within a professional services firm, public health, and most recently in sustainable construction materials. Wadzanai is particularly interested in increasing access of STEM subjects and fields to under-privileged women of color in the African continent, particularly her home...

Alex Bruefach

Discovery Graduate Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering

Alex is a PhD Candidate in materials science and engineering developing image processing and machine learning techniques for extracting information from electron microscopy datasets. Her primary focus is understanding what information is transferred from various feature representations of images. She has extensive experience collaborating across boundaries and is passionate about brainstorming innovative approaches to challenging data science problems!

Daniel Lobo

Computational Social Science Fellow
Sociology

Daniel Lobo is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley and a Computational Social Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science. He believes that individuals make choices based on their preferences within a social context. Thus, his sociological project, like those of Émile Durkheim and Pierre Bourdieu, seeks to reveal the social in the apparently most individual forms of behavior. He is interested in how social conditions, both material and symbolic, shape the choices individuals make within our political economy–choices like where to live, who to...

Enrique Valencia López

Data Science Fellow
Graduate School of Education

Enrique Valencia López is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics and Leadership cluster at the Graduate School of Education.His research interests relate to three broad areas: the stratification of education by gender, immigration status and ethnicity; the measurement of teacher working conditions and well-being; and education in Latin America.

Before coming to Berkeley, Enrique worked for Mexico’s National Institute for Educational Evaluation and Assessment (INEE) in both the Policy and Indicators area. During that time, he co-authored Mexico’s first report on the educational...

Irene Farah

Instructor
City and Regional Planning

Irene is a PhD student in City and Regional Planning. Her research interests lie at the intersection of urban geography, political science, and public health. In particular, she studies street vendors in Mexico City and how the spatiality and politics of their working conditions impact their access to healthy food. She strongly believes in connecting with other social scientists to share perspectives on how to use technology to acquire greater knowledge of social phenomena.

Seyi Olojo

Instructor, Researcher
School of Information

Seyi is a PhD Student in the School of Information and is a member of the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Group. Her research broadly explores the problem space of digital memory, specifically the social discourse surrounding algorithms, ethics, and engagement. Additionally, her work often explores histories of quantification and the politics of categories within emerging technologies. She uses a mixed methods approach to research; this includes ethnography, interviews, grounded theory, surveys, data analysis and values-based design. Here at the D-lab, she leads the qualitative...