Who We Are

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!

 

 

Fellows  

Seyi Olojo

ERC Fellow

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Shannon Galiotto

ERC Fellow

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Nene Egbosimba

ERC Fellow

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Mia Lindheimer

ERC Fellow

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Rhea Nagpal

ERC Fellow

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Celia Arsen

ERC Fellow

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Nikhil Jain

ERC Fellow

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Hannah Yoo

ERC Fellow

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Sarah Linden

ERC Fellow

Graduate Assistant 

Carolyn Silverman

Graduate Lab Assistant

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Francis Annan

Graduate Lab Assistant

  

Full-Time Team

Fatima Koli

Lab Coordiantor

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Anna Carlson

Post-Baccalaureate, ERC & CSC

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Alisa Rod

Associate Director of the ERC

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David Weiman

Faculty Director of the ERC

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ANNA CARLSON

Anna Carlson (BC '18) is the Post-Bac Fellow in the Empirical Reasoning Center and Computational Science Center. At Barnard, Anna majored in Applied Mathematics and spent most of her time visualizing all kinds of quantitative and spatial data. She also worked as an undergraduate fellow in the ERC helping students use data to improve, interrogate, and learn from their work. She's excited to be back in the ERC and to be a part of the making of the CSC!

SHANNON GALIOTTO

Shannon is a junior at Barnard College studying Computer Science and Economics. She enjoys learning about how data can be used to inform business decisions. On campus, Shannon is a Residential Advisor and board member of Columbia Data Science Society. She specializes in Excel, ArcGIS, LaTeX, and R.

HANNAH YOO

Hannah is a junior at Barnard College studying Mathematical Sciences and Economics. She is a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar and researches high frequency trading algorithms. She loves to use data to explain economic trends and to optimize processes in psychology. Hannah is available at the ERC as a TA for the course 'Programming Behavioral Sciences.' She specializes in Excel, MATLAB, R and Python. Outside of the ERC, Hannah is part of Columbia's Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE), loves going to New York Fashion Week shows and is always on hunt to find the best iced chai latte in New York City.

MIA LINDHEIMER

Mia is a junior at Barnard majoring in Economics. She's a huge fan of the power of data visualization, and is excited to work with Excel, Tableau, and GIS to help you make your best graphs. When she's not in the ERC, Mia is your Campus Affairs Rep for SGA and an editor for Bwog. She's looking forward to working on data with you!

RHEA NAGPAL

Rhea Nagpal is a junior majoring in Biology and Economics. Because of her double major, she is particularly interested in data/statistical applications in the natural sciences. Outside of the classroom, Rhea is involved in the Columbia Women's Business Society and is the VP Communications of Barnard SGA. She specializes in Excel, SPSS, R, and GIS

NENE EGBOSIMBA

Nene is a Sophomore at Barnard majoring in Economics and Mathematical Sciences. She specializes in Excel but can offer some help in ArcGIS. Nene is also a peer-to-peer tutor. In her free time, Nene is usually wandering the city, trying to find the best Ramen joint.

NIKHIL JAIN

Nikhil Jain is a junior in Columbia College majoring in Urban Studies. He works primarily with ArcGIS, Excel, and Tableau to visualize all kinds of data, with a special inclination to city-related data. When he's not thinking about maps and numbers, he's probably practicing routines with his dance team, Columbia Raas.

SEYI OLOJO

Seyi Olojo is a senior majoring in Environmental Policy with a minor in Statistics. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and the president of Christian Union at Columbia. When she is not working on her senior thesis or organizing campus kindness events she likes to keep up with progressive data driven journalism. Seyi firmly believes in the use of data transparency for mobilizing marginalized populations. She specializes in ArcGIS and R.

CELIA ARSEN

Celia is a sophomore at Barnard College. Right now she is excited about using data to understand causes and effects of political and economic inequality. She's even more excited about working with you in the ERC! Most of her experience is in Excel and R. You will also find her working as a fellow at the Barnard Writing Center this year. 

FATIMA KOLI

Fatima Koli (BC '17) is the Lab Coordinator for the Empirical Reasoning Center. She worked as a Graduate Fellow at the Center last year and as an Undergraduate fellow before that. She studied Computer Science and Urban/Economic Development during her time at Barnard and is currently getting her Masters in Data Science at Columbia. Her study interests lie in racial justice, particularly through the lens of the criminal justice system. She is passionate about thinking critically with data and maps and the ethics of data analysis. She loves teaching and is excited to continue developing the ERC and working with more professors and students!

  

CAROLYN SILVERMAN

Carolyn is a Master of Science student in the Data Science program at Columbia University. She is also a Barnard alumna who double majored in Mathematics-Statistics and Dance and minored 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, Python, Stata, SQL, and MATLAB. 

ALISA ROD, PhD

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.

 

 

DAVID WEIMAN

David Weiman is the Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics and Faculty Director of the Empirical Reasoning Center. Weiman has been a member of the Barnard faculty since 2001. He is also an affiliated member of Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and History Department. He specializes in 19th and 20th century U.S. economic history, the political economy of contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy, and the history of economic thought. His current research focuses on the evolution of the U.S. banking-monetary system from the demise of the Second Bank of the United States to the founding of the Federal Reserve System. He teaches core courses in Barnard’s distinctive Political Economy track and joint Economic and Social History Program.