Mentoring & Teaching Experience

Rutgers University - Department of Sociology

Over the past five years, I have taught and mentored in a variety of contexts, but my experience is a bit unconventional compared to most social scientists. During my time at Rutgers University, I was an Instructor for the Sociology of Medicine and Health Care for two semesters (Spring-Fall 2017) as well as a teaching assistant for Contemporary Sociological Theory (Spring 2016) and Introduction to Sociological Research Methods (Fall 2016). For my first four years at Rutgers (2012-2016), I also acted as Lab Manager in a research lab where I co-mentored more than 20 undergraduate students with more than half of those students moving on to postgraduate or medical school after working with our team. During this time, I trained students how to carry out behavioral experiments and clean cardiovascular data. Below is a training series detailing these procedures (see video series).

Sociology of Medicine and Healthcare (Fall 2017) Course Syllabus

Health, Environment, and Relational Ties (HEART) Laboratory

Mindware Cardiovascular Data Cleaning Tutorial

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7

University of Virginia - Biocomplexity Institute

Over the past two years (July 2019-Present), I’ve been working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Virginia. In my division, we do not have teaching responsibilities during the academic year, but we do host a summer program called Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG). During this time, our team has trained nearly 100 graduate and undergraduate students how to use data science to address a range of social and political issues. Students get the opportunity not only pick up a range of skills like geospatial mapping, web scraping, and machine learning, but also work closely with local and federal stakeholders who sponsor the projects. I have personally worked on 8 different teams over the past few years - leading one each in the past two summers. Below are some examples of the work my teams have produced.

2021 Open Source Software Project (App) (GitHub Repository)

2020 Gates Economic Mobility Project (App) (Context) (GitHub Repository)

2020 Open Source Software Project (Website) (GitHub Repository)

2020 American Solider Project (Website) (GitHub Repository)

2020 Fairfax County Project (Website) (GitHub Repository)

2020 Patrick County Project (App) (GitHub Repository)

2019 Open Source Software Project (SAGE Brief) (GitHub Repository)

2019 Fairfax County Project (SAGE Brief) (GitHub Repository)