I'm passionate about using data to improve our lives and our society through learning. I recently completed dual masters degrees in Applied Statistics and Information Science at the University of Michigan. I work with Christopher Brooks in the Educational Technology Collective (etc), where we research both methodology and applications of data-driven methods for supporting large-scale learning in digital (MOOCs) and residential (on-campus) learning environments. My thesis research is focused on methods and tools for constructing predictive models in MOOCs, using Bayesian hierarchical modeling to support inference about the full feature extraction, model-building, and hyperparameter tuning pipeline in large-scale machine learning experiments. I am also a developer of the MOOC Replication Framework (MORF), an open source machine learning research framework in collaboration with Ryan Baker at the University of Pennsylvania. 


After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Philosophy degree, I worked as an educator and technologist serving students in public urban schools for five years, working with Teach For America - Miami-Dade and KIPP New Orleans Schools. I also served as an Operations Director at the Teach For America New York City Institute in 2011 and 2014, and worked as a Teacher Development Coach with TeachNOLA in 2013. Eager to utilize data science to expand the impact of my work, I returned to the University of Michigan and recently completed dual masters degrees in Applied Statistics and Information Science. I will be entering the PhD program at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering in fall 2018.

I previously worked as a Professional Practice Fellow in the data science and digital insights team at ProQuest, and as a data science engineering and visualization intern at GoPro. In the winter of 2017, I was a Graduate Student Instructor for SI618: Data Manipulation and Exploratory Data Analysis with Ceren Budak. In the summer of 2017, I was an educational data mining research intern with Ryan Baker at the Penn Center for Learning Analytics, where I developed the computational framework and API for the MOOC Replication Framework, and the auctestr package for R, in collaboration with a research team at Penn and Michigan. I am also a Team Captain and Project Mentor with the Michigan Data Science Team.

In addition to my research, I'm passionate about running, and am a five-time Boston Marathon finisher.


  • 4/2018: I received the University of Michigan School of Information's Margaret Mann Award.
  • 4/2018: I graduated from the University of Michigan with dual master's degrees in Applied Statistics and Information Science.
  • 4/2018: Paper with Chris Brooks and Kaifeng Chen on How Gender Cues in Educational Video Impact Participation and Retention has been accepted as a crossover paper to be presented at the joint "Festival of Learning" co-hosted at the International Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED),  International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS), and International Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S).
  • 4/2018: Paper on Student Success Prediction in MOOCs with Chris Brooks has been accepted to User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction.
  • 1/2018: I will be presenting our work on MOOC Dropout Model Evaluation at the EAAI-18 Symposium at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in New Orleans on 2/4/2018. Conference Agenda.
  • 1/2018: We are excited to announce the alpha release of the MOOC Replication Framework (MORF) Platform! A preprint of the MORF software architecture paper is now available on arXiv.
  • 1/2018: The MORF API is now available on the Python Package Index. PyPi
  • 11/2017: Paper on Network-Augmented Classification in University Coenrollment Networks with Chris Brooks was accepted to LAK18.
  • 11/2017: Paper on MOOC Dropout Model Evaluation with Chris Brooks was accepted to EAAI-2018.
  • 11/2017:  My auctestr package is now officially available on CRAN. (The beautiful hex logo is only on Github)
  • 9/2017: I will be presenting our work Driving with Data: Modeling and Forecasting Vehicle Fleet Maintenance in Detroit with members of the Michigan Data Science Team at Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange in New York City.