Hey! I'm Jeffrey (he/him/他). I'm a student at MIT studying computer science and urban planning, with a minor in political science. I want to use technology to bring clarity and transparency to politics, and am especially interested in data journalism, city planning, open source software, and civic tech.
I'm currently doing research in the MIT Media Lab's City Science Group, as well as the MIT Political Science Department, and am a volunteer data analyst for Sri Kulkarni's 2020 Congressional campaign. I also run a blog and a micro-blog, where I write about data visualization, politics, and more!
Jan 2020 - Present
Developing interactive data visualizations using D3 and React for LobbyView, a database of Congressional lobbying that aims to facilitate political science research and bring transparency to money in politics.
Russian Internet Disinformation
Used machine learning and sentiment analysis to explore Russian disinformation on Twitter in the 2016 and 2018 elections. Wrote an interactive data journalism series and created a (now defunct) Twitter bot. Completed as part of an Independent Project at Phillips Academy with R. Miles McCain, under the mentorship of John Palfrey, Michael Barker, and Malgorzata Stergios.
Deciphering Chinese Censorship
Developed the Weibo Censorship Dashboard, a nearly real-time, fully open-source feed of censorship on the popular Chinese social media site Weibo. Published paper on SSRN. Completed as part of an Independent Project at Phillips Academy with R. Miles McCain, under the mentorship of John Palfrey, Michael Barker, and Malgorzata Stergios.
Jan 2020 - Present
Bluebonnet Data Fellow
Volunteer data analyst, using Python and GIS to help down-ballot, Democratic candidates win in swing districts. Currently working with Sri Kulkarni's campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Exploring the Seats-Votes Curve
Developed an interactive, data-driven explainer of the seats-votes curve, a measure of fairness in redistricting. Built with D3.
Amazon Ring's Police Partnership Tracker
Created a website monitoring the over 1,400 partnerships Amazon Ring has with local law enforcement. Built with Node.js, D3, and MongoDB.
State of the Academy
Created a website of interactive visualizations showing the results of The Phillipian's State of the Academy survey, an annual survey covering politics, academics, wellness, and culture at my high school. Built with D3.