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!

 

 

Fellows  

Fatima Koli

ERC Fellow

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Mariam Rimawi

ERC Fellow

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Anna Carlson

ERC Fellow

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Shannon Galiotto

ERC Fellow

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Carolyn Silverman

ERC Fellow

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Natalie Kozlova

ERC Fellow

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Sarah Linden

ERC Fellow

Graduate Assistants 

Rachael Dottle

Graduate Lab Assistant

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Trish Kirkland

Graduate Lab Assistant

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Francis Annan

Graduate Lab Assistant

  

Associate Director and Faculty Director

Alisa Rod

Associate Director of the ERC

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David Weiman

Faculty Director of the ERC

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FATIMA KOLI

Fatima(zohra) Koli is a senior 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.

MARIAM RIMAWI

Mariam is a senior at Barnard studying Economics and Computer Science. She is interested in the intersection of data analysis and social justice. Besides working at the empirical reasoning center and strengthening her Excel, R, and mapping skills - she is a committed member of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. Stop by and learn with her!  

ANNA CARLSON

Anna is a junior majoring in Applied Math. She is interested in the ways data intersects with psychology and human activity. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, cooking, and crafting. She specializes in Excel and can’t wait to help you with your next data project!  

SHANNON GALIOTTO

Shannon is a sophomore at Barnard College with a prospective Economics & Math major. She loves working with data to look at how social issues intersect with economics. In her free time, Shannon enjoys cheering on the San Jose Sharks and reading the sports section of FiveThirtyEight. She specializes in R, Excel, and ArcGIS. 

CAROLYN SILVERMAN

Carolyn is a senior 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. 

NATALIE kozlova

Natalie is a Barnard senior majoring in Economics & Math and minoring in Physics and Psychology. She primarily uses data analysis for economic research in her internship and RA work, as well as her senior thesis. Natalie is also a TA for the STEM course Computer Programming in the Behavioral Sciences. Natalie plays tennis and volleyball and enjoys gardening. She looks forward to helping you with Excel, Matlab, and EViews. 

RACHAEL DOTTLE

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. 

TRISH KIRKLAND

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. In Summer 2016, Trish developed and taught the pilot version of an ERC workshop in R for faculty members. Skills include Excel, Stata, and R.    

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.