Political Analytics 2016 is proud to bring these diverse players together, for the first time, for a non-partisan look at the analytics behind politics.
The conference is the creation of Ryan Enos and Kirk Goldsberry. It is hosted by the Harvard Center for American Political Studies (Stephen Ansolabehere, Director) and sponsored by Microsoft.
Founder & Editor in Chief, FiveThirtyEight
Nate Silver is a statistician, ABC News Special Correspondent and a best-selling author. He successfully called the outcomes in 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 election and was named one of the World's Most Influential People by TIME Magazine in 2009.
Simon Jackman is an expert on American electoral politics, public opinion, democratic representation, and survey research. He co-directs the Stanford Center for American Democracy, is a principal investigator of the American National Election Studies and as of April 2016 is the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney.
University of Texas at Austin
Shannon McGregor is a doctoral candidate in journalism specializing in political communication, digital media, gender, and public opinion. Her research involves using social media data to comprehend how political actors, media, and the public interact with political events on social networks.
Anthony Salvanto is Director of Elections for CBS News. He heads the Decision Desk that projects elections, conducts polling including the CBS News Battleground Tracker, analyzes key races and public opinion and appears across broadcasts including Face the Nation and all other CBS broadcasts.
Michigan State University
Karl Gude is a professor for the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. He has an extensive background in information graphics, working in the field for news outlets such as Newsweek, The Associated Press, and The National Sports Daily. He is currently spearheading the first information-graphics program at MSU.
The Upshot, New York Times
Nate Cohn is a writer for The Upshot and writes frequently on polling, demographics, and elections. He was a staff writer for The New Republic and a Scoville Fellow at the Stimson Center, where his expertise lied in analysis of South Asia and the defense budget.
Catherine D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Data Visualization in the Journalism Department at Emerson College and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media. She builds software to foster data literacy, teaches media innovation, and creates civic art.
Economist, Microsoft Research
David Rothschild, an economist at Microsoft Research and fellow at the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia, studies both user engagement with online data, polling, and markets, and aggregation of that data into sentiment and forecasts. He correctly predicted 50 of 51 Electoral College outcomes in 2012.
The Huffington Post
Natalie Jackson is Senior Polling Editor at Huffington Post, coordinating the Pollster section of the site. Natalie has a PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma and previously worked as a postdoctoral associate at Duke University and as senior analyst at the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
National Public Radio
Bob Garfield is a co-host on the radio program On the Media that specializes in analyzing news media and information in America and abroad. He also is both a visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and a senior fellow at SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at Penn’s Wharton School.
Co-Founder, Echelon Insights
Kristen Soltis Anderson is co-founder of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and data analytics firm. She is the author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). Additionally, she is a columnist at The Washington Examiner and regularly appears on programs such as Morning Joe. In 2014, she was a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
Harry Enten is a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight, a website that focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics, public affairs, and sports through statistical methods. Prior to working for FiveThirtyEight, he covered the 2012 election cycle with The Guardian.
The Upshot, New York Times
Amanda Cox is an editor for The Upshot and is an expert in visual journalism involving graphics, interactives, and other multimedia on web platforms. Her work has vastly improved the reader experience for The New York Times to follow election returns and election coverage.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is a doctoral candidate in government and social policy focusing on American political economy. In July he will join Columbia University as an Assistant Professor. His forthcoming book, Politics at Work, examines how employers recruit workers into politics.
Brendan Nyhan is an Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and a contributor to The Upshot. Previously, he served as a media critic for Columbia Journalism Review, co-edited the fact-checking website Spinsanity, and co-authored All the President’s Spin, a New York Times bestseller.
Carrie Sheffield is founder of the new media company Bold. A senior contributor for Opportunity Lives, she wrote editorials for The Washington Times, covered Congress for Politico, and The Hill and economic policy at Forbes. She earned a Master's in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and analyzed the municipal bond market for Goldman Sachs and Moody's Investors Service.
Founding Partner, The Stagwell Group
Mark Penn is a former political strategist, consultant, and author. He was the former Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Microsoft and has consulted for former President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as many other political leaders around the world.
Founding Partner, Strategic, Partners & Media
Stuart Stevens is a founding partner in Strategic, Partners & Media and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He is currently working on a new show for HBO about Georgetown in the JFK era and has just completed a novel set at a political convention in the near future.
Stephen Pettigrew is a PhD candidate in the Harvard Department of Government. His primary research interests are in American politics and political methodology. His dissertation focuses on problems related to administering elections in the US. In his spare time he covers sports analytics for several online publications.
Yair Ghitza is Chief Scientist at Catalist LLC. Leading Catalist's statistical research and development, Yair has over a decade of experience in political microtargeting and statistical analysis. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he specialized in the development of statistical and data visualization tools for understanding American politics.