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Navigating Politics & the Law | Carolina Data Science Now

November 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

We invite you to join us for our next Carolina Data Science Now seminar on November 10 at 12 PM ET.
The event will feature three lightning talks by professors and researchers in UNC-Chapel Hill’s academic community, centered around how data science is used to examine political action, policy processes, and timely issues such as criminal justice and economic change.

For more information about this series, please contact Amanda Miller.

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Meet the Moderator

Sarah Davis
Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)

Sarah Davis is a Senior Research Project Manager at RENCI. She leads a team of project managers supporting multiple NIH and NSF-sponsored research projects and oversees a broad variety of scientific and educational events. For the BioData Catalyst Coordinating Center and NIH HEAL Data Stewardship Group projects, she coordinates across diverse teams, developing standards, practices, and protocols to increase efficiency and automation of cross-team project management. She also leads RENCI’s efforts to develop an interdisciplinary data science and law community, serving as a co-PI on an NSF-funded workshop and leading efforts to develop judicial training on data science. She has an BA in art history from Boston College and a JD from Duke University.


Our speakers for this month are as follows:

  • Cameron Ballard-Rosa

    Associate Professor, Political Science

    Cameron Ballard-Rosa is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, and also holds an M.A. in Economics from Yale. His research interests include political economy, international relations, comparative politics, and formal theory.

    His broader research interests exist at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, and include political responses to fiscal crises as well as the effects of economic change on individual authoritarian values and demands for redistribution.

  • Frank Baumgartner

    Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor, Political Science

    Frank R. Baumgartner holds the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is one of the country's leading scholars of the policy process and, with Bryan Jones, developed the punctuated equilibrium theory of policy change, a widely used concept in the field. His work has mostly focused on the US but many publications have used comparative perspectives. In recent years, he has focused on statistical studies of criminal justice issues, including the death penalty, racial disparities in traffic stop outcomes, and other issues.

  • Shannon McGregor

    Assistant Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media; Senior Researcher, Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life

    Shannon McGregor is an assistant professor at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and a senior researcher with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life - both at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    Her research addresses the role of social media and their data in political processes, with a focus on political communication, journalism, public opinion, and gender. Her published work examines how three groups – political actors, the press, and the public – use social media in regards to politics, how that social media use impacts their behavior, and how the policies and actions of social media companies in turn impacts political communication on their sites.


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November 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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via Zoom