Meet Us!


The lab is staffed by graduate lab assistants and undergraduate empirical reasoning fellows dedicated to supporting empirical reasoning across the curriculum. We each staff walk-in hours for the lab. Go to our VISIT US page to see each of our skills and staffing hours so you can plan your visit accordingly!


The Staff


Anna recently graduated from Barnard with a degree in Economics & Math and is currently pursuing her MA in Quantitative Methods for Social Science at Columbia.  She is interested in Behavioral and Public Economics and is working towards incorporating maps into her work.  Her specialties include STATA, Excel, Matlab, and LaTeX.  

ERC Fellow


Carolyn is a junior at Barnard College double majoring in Mathematics-Statistics and Dance and minoring in Computer Science. Although she loves working with data in all fields, she is particularly interested in statistical applications in biology and the other natural sciences. Carolyn specializes in Excel, R, and MATLAB. 

ERC Fellow


Fatima(zohra) Koli is a junior, majoring in Computer Science and Economics and trying to fit a Race and Ethnicity minor into her already-full schedule! She is an Athena Scholar and she enjoys organizing data, working with the community, and talking about issues that affect South Asians and Muslims. Fatima has worked extensively in Excel and is also comfortable helping with Social Explorer.

ERC Fellow


Rachael recently graduated from Barnard with a degree in Urban Studies with specializations in Sociology and Architecture. She is currently pursuing her MA in Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research at Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She spends her time painting watercolors, playing with her cat, and thinking about, looking at, and designing maps. Rachael specializes in geospatial methodologies, mapping software (including, but not limited to, ArcGIS, QGIS, Social Explorer, and Mapbox), data analysis and visualization using Python, and R. 

ERC Fellow


Sarah is a Junior double majoring in Statistics and Political Science. She chose to pursue the two fields because she is extremely interested in how data can be applied to solving and understanding social issues. When she’s not playing with numbers, Sarah also loves to run, watch movies, spend time with friends, and read Nate Silver’s 538 blog. Sarah is strong with Excel, Stata and SPSS and is eager to help you with your next data analysis project!

ERC Fellow


Francis is a student in the sustainable development PhD program in SIPA at Columbia University. His primary fields of interest are applied microeconomic theory and econometrics. Francis also has complimentary interests in GIS and spatial statistics. His statistical skills encompass Stata, R, Matlab, SAS, qGIS and Excel.

Graduate Lab Assistant


Trish is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.  She studies American politics with a focus on state and local politics.  Her ongoing research incorporates both experimental and observational methods to examine questions about local politics and fiscal policy.  Trish has considerable experience with the collection, coding, and documentation of original data.  Skills include Excel, Stata, and R.    

Graduate Lab Assistant


Alisa holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her research focused on public opinion and environmental policy. While at UCSB, she also conducted research on student-faculty interaction in the context of political science education. Alisa has a B.A. in Bioethics from the American Jewish University. Prior to joining Barnard, Alisa worked as the survey methodologist at Ithaka S+R, a strategic consulting and research service that is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes JSTOR. At Ithaka S+R, Alisa managed large-scale survey projects of faculty members and students in the US and internationally.

Associate Director of the Empirical Reasoning Center