Past Fellows

Past visiting faculty, pre-doctoral, and undergraduate fellows.

Faculty & Predoctoral Fellows


Daniel Coombs / Professor of Mathematics, University of British Columbia  

Beth Morrison / PhD Candidate in Biology, Stanford University 



Ka Ming Fung (pre-doctoral) / PhD student in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ka Ming Fung's dissertation research develops new parameterizations for modeling sustainable farming practices in mechanistic climate-chemistry-biosphere models, including DNDC, GEOS-Chem and CESM, for studying their beneficial effects on global food production, air quality, and the environment. He is working with Professor Eri Saikawa of Department of Environmental Sciences on a project to investigate how such farming practices would influence the global nitrogen cycles. 

Nahomi Ichino / Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan 

  • Collaborating with Professor Adam Glynn of QTM / The Department of Political Science on methods for qualitative data and analyzing data from a field experiment in Nepal. 
  • The randomized field experiment worked with community radio stations and other partners in three rural districts of Nepal to assess the effect of exposure to debates between parliamentary candidates and the gender composition of small-group discussions on the political preferences, attitudes, and behavior of Nepali citizens participating in the first federal elections under the new constitution.  
  • Working with Dr. Glynn on a book related to this collaboration. 

Lauren Mattioli (pre-doctoral) / PhD candidate in the Department of Politics, Princeton University 

Lauren Mattioli is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, QTM fellow, and instructor in Emory’s political science department. Lauren studies American political institutions. Her dissertation focuses on how presidents interact with the federal judiciary to pursue policy goals. For the 2017-2018 academic year Lauren is teaching undergraduate Research Design and developing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research.


Jue Ren / Assistant Professor of Finance in the M.J. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University 
  • Collaborating with Professor John Kim of the Department of Economics to develop a new measure of mutual fund performance accounting for the beta anomaly. She is planning to construct a model to explain the investment behavior and test the model implication by using mutual fund data.
  • Working with Professor Essie Maasoumi of the Department of Economics to apply stochastic dominance approach to measure mutual fund performance. This non-parametric framework has two advantages: 1) It imposes a minimal set of conditions on investors’ preferences; and 2) It analyzes the entire return distribution. She worked on this topic in her dissertation and plans to revise one dissertation chapter for journal submission during her fellowship at Emory.
  • Collaborating with Professors Kaiji Chen and Tao Zha of the Department of Economics on a paper related to China's rising shadow banking and its inextricably link to banks' balance-sheet risk that hampered the effectiveness of monetary policy on the banking system during the 2009-2015 period of monetary policy contractions. 
  • Collecting data with Professor John Kim on international equity markets, to explore the effects of social norms on financial markets.

Stas Tiomkin (pre-doctoral) / PhD candidate at Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Stas studies a model of interaction between an organism and its environment from the viewpoint of information theory and optimal control. The interaction model can be depicted as follows. Organism a) senses environment by sensors, b) transfers sensory information to the brain, c) computes control signals, and d) sends control to actuators in order to affect environment. 

He explores the bounds of this model with regard to minimal information that organism should extract from environment in order to survive in the long term. Specifically, his research is about a trade-off between information extraction from the past and the present, and utilization of this information for planning in the future. Strikingly, different behaviors may appear for different values of this tradeoff. However, the general model is far from being complete, and few experimental results currently exist.

Stas is working with theoreticians and experimentalists in Emory's biophysics group (from the Biology and Physics departments of Emory University), and is currently discussing theoretical approaches with Professor Ilya Nemenman, who provides valuable insights about the current results and the further steps. The goal is to establish a better understanding of information processing within the organism-environment interaction loop. He is also working with Professor Sam Sober and Professor Gordon Berman to test his theoretical model in their labs. Their intention is to better understand the experimental data through proper theoretical models.

Spring & Summer 2017

Paul Zachary (pre-doctoral) / PhD student in the Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Paul Zachary is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, San Diego and a visiting scholar at Emory University's Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods. His research focuses on the behavioral impacts of exposure to policing and crime. Methodologically, he is developing new tools to infer political and social context from social media data.

  • Developed a new model with Political Science professor Shawn Ramirez
  • Collaborated on an NIJ (National Institute of Justice) grant with Political Science professors Tom Clark, Michael Owens, and Adam Glynn
  • Worked on dissertation 

Martyna Kobus / Assistant Professor, the Institute of Economics Polish Academy of Sciences

Shan Suthaharan  / Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Spring 2016

Christopher Berry / Associate Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Center for Municipal Finance, and Faculty Director of the Master of Science Program in Computational Analysis and Public Policy University of Chicago

Elliott Sober / Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Philosophy Department, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Michael Rubin  (pre-doctoral) / PhD student in the Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Fall 2016

Alberto Purpura (pre-doctoral) / BE in Information Engineering, now ME student in Computer Engineering at University of Padua, Italy.

Works with professor Roberto Franzosi (Emory) on PC-ACE (Program for Computer-Assisted Coding of Events) since March 2015 and developed various NLP solutions for Quantitative Narrative Analysis. Will collaborate with professor Franzosi implementing new Natural Language Processing tools to classify verbal data automatically and extract Subject-Verb-Object triplets from narrative text.

Alex Avramov / Research Project Manager, Rollins School of Public Health

His research focuses on understanding ice microphysical processes in clouds and how aerosols, dynamics, and microphysics influence cloud structure and lifetime. He is interested in cloud physics and boundary-­‐layer dynamics, particularly in understanding the complicated interactions between cloud microphysics, dynamics and radiation in mixed-­‐phase clouds and their correct representation in numerical models.

Although his research until now has been focused explicitly on mixed-­‐phase boundary-­‐layer clouds, he is now going to implement his skill sets to broaden his scope and apply his knowledge to other type of clouds, specifically those in South Asia. He is researching cloud microphysics and dynamics and collaborating on aerosol-­‐cloud interactions with Dr. Eri Saikawa in Environmental Sciences at Emory. 

Summer 2015

Will Moore / Alumni Distinguished Professor, Political Science, Florida State University

Guy David / Associate Professor of Healthcare Management, University of Pennsylvania

Spring 2014

Russell Bernard / Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Florida

  • Conducted a workshop titled “Research Design in Anthropological Studies”
  • Tutored Anthropology graduate students in research design
  • Worked on a new edition of his book, co-authored with Gery Ryan, on analyzing qualitative data

Annalisa Quaini / Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Houston

  • Collaborated with professor Alessandro Veneziani and Luca Bertagna on a research project involving a Leray model with a deconvolution-based indicator function for the simulation of incompressible fluid flow at moderately large Reynolds number with under-resolved meshes. For the implementation of the model, they adopted a three-step algorithm called evolve-filter-relax (EFR) that requires the solution of a Navier-Stokes problem, the solution of a Stokes-like problem to filter the Navier-Stokes velocity field, and a final relaxation step. 

Fall 2014

Ermal Shpuza  / Associate Professor of Architecture, Southern Polytechnic State University 

Ermal Shpuza is Associate Professor at Architecture Department, Southern Polytechnic State University, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Art History Department, Emory. His scholarship spans across architectural and urban morphology, complex systems in the built environment, urban history, environmental design, and design computing. He studies the built environment from micro to macro scales including the evolution of Mediterranean cities, shape description, interaction between boundary shape and circulation network in cities and buildings, impact of physiography on street networks, and effects of building floorplate on daylighting and acoustics. He teaches design studios focusing on urban renewal and passive environmental systems, and courses on methods of inquiry, spatial morphology, urban design theory, environmental technology, and digital design. He is recipient of several awards and research grants, has lectured internationally, and has contributed to numerous journals and symposia. As a registered architect, he has been involved in the design of several office buildings, adaptive reuse, and urban projects.
  • Taught ARTHIST 210/592: Introduction to Graphics & CAD, a course in the department of Art History that introduces students to drafting, modeling, rendering and, animation, and explores the potential of the computer as an active analytical and design instrument.
  • Gave a lecture titled “Quantifying the Social Logic of Buildings and Cities”
  • Conducted a workshop titled “Spatial Analysis in Architecture and Archaeology”
  • Began research collaboration with professor Michele Benzi, and doctoral student Francesca Arrigo
  • Advised a doctoral student in the department of Anthropology on spatial analysis of urban settlements

Heather Briggs (pre-doctoral) / Ph.D student, Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz

  • Collaborated with professor Berry Brosi on a research project examining how fixed morphological traits influence how individual pollinators respond behaviorally to a reduction in interspecific competition; research related to her dissertation.

Summer 2013

Jason Fletcher / Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

  • Gave a lecture titled "Understanding Heterogeneous Effects of Health Policies Using a Gene-Environment Interaction Framework"

Zachary Peskowitz / Assistant Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University

Georg Vanberg / Professor of Political Science, UNC Chapel Hill

  • Conducted a joint research project with an Emory faculty member and graduate student, which produced one paper on judicial decision-making, and spawned additional work. 

Spring 2013

Coen Elemans / Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Southern Denmark

  • Gave a lecture titled "Singing in the Fast Lane: the Neuromechanics of Sound Production in Vocal Vertebrates"
  • Collaborated with professor Sam Sober (Biology) on experimental studies of vocal production mechanisms in songbirds

Jeffrey Racine / Senator William McMaster Chair in Econometrics, Professor of Economics, Professor in the Graduate Program of Statistics, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

  • Led a 5-day workshop titled “A Primer on Recent Advances in Nonparametric Estimation and Inference"
  • Met with a number of graduate students and assisted them with their statistical analysis
  • Presented research in the Department of Economics
  • Presented research in the School of Public Health 

Jeffrey Arnold  (pre-doctoral) / PhD student in the Department of Political Science, University of Rochester

  • Continued conducting research and writing his dissertation. 
  • Presented current research to faculty in the department of Political Science

Fall 2013

Ernesto Estrada / Chair in Complexity Sciences at the Institute of Complex Systems and Professor at the Department of Physics and Department of Mathematics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.

  • Taught a graduate course in the department of Mathematics & Computer Science, MATH 577R: Seminar in Combinatorics: Introduction to Complex Networks
  • Led a workshop titled “Networks from the Real World"

Undergraduate Fellows


Kelsey Sattler

Kelsey Sattler is an Applied Math and Statistics major. She is working with Dr. Reingold in the Political Science Department. She will be engaged with research related to the politics of representation based on gender and race.


Marko Yang

Marko Yang is a Quantitative Sciences major with a concentration in Economics. He is working Dr. Lewis, marketing Professor at Goizueta Business School performing data collection, modeling and metric creation in support of research related to the NBA draft 


Bella Ren

Bella Ren, a Quanstitative Sciences major with a concentration in Psychology will support the Waldman Research Lab which focuses on the relationship between children's interpretation of non-hostile & hostiles cues and their aggressive behaviors.


Alisha Dhanani

Alisha Dhanani, a Quantitative Sciences major with a concentration in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology, will be doing data analytics work for the Sherman Research Lab in Emory’s Human Genetics Department. She will support the Lab's research work in two areas: Fragile X-Seizure and Down Syndrome-Seizure.


Tianhui Mao

Tianhui Mao is an Applied Math and Statistics major working with Dr. Yang in the Human Genetics Department. Her work revolves around building a model that predicts whether a patient may have Alzheimer’s Disease given patient health data.

Samatha Distler

Samantha Distler is a Quantitative Sciences major with a concentration in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. Her research project is based on environmental data from the city of Atlanta. The goal of this project is to demystify the greenhouse gas inventory and generally present data in a way that is intelligible to the public.


Saul Forman

Saul Forman is a Quantitative Sciences major with a concentration in Economics. He will work with Dr. McCarthy of the Goizueta Business School to investigate the methodological system of “Customer Lifetime Valuation” (CLV). This is a completely new framework for evaluation of the financial value of a company based around publicly-available customer data.


Xiaoyi Chen

Xiaoyi Chen is an Applied Math and Statistics major. Together with Dr. Schweidel of the Goizueta Business School, they will seek to understand the decision-making process regarding subscription at the user-level by investigating important features that influence users’ willingness to subscribe.




Isabel Goddard

Isabel is a QSS and Cultural Anthropology Major conducting a cross-cultural study of the gender of friendship-networks at the University of Copenhagen and at Emory. She will analyze how these relationships embody larger socio-cultural structures in American and Danish culture for her honors thesis. She is also a cellist in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and and organizes student musical performances as president of Rock the Row. Isabel's project focuses on studying the relationship between increased population size and winning a tournament based on innate ability or hard work.

Ryan Joye

Ryan Joye is a senior pursuing a major in Quantitative Sciences with a concentration in Economics and a minor in Mathematics.  He is interested in the fields of statistics and data science. As a QTM fellow he is assisting Dr. Adam Glynn with his research focused on causal inference.

Zihan Qian

Zihan Qian is an Applied Math & Statistics and Economics double major. Zihan's research project focuses on spectral clusting and exploring Selected Personality Data from the SAPA project - a collaborative data collection tool for assessing psychological constructs across multiple dimensions of personality - using R. Zihan is working with Dr. Yunxiao Chen.

Eukyung Yhang

Eukyung Yhang is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Quantitative Sciences and English & Creative Writing. She is interested in using statistics in the field of psychology and health. She has been working in the Bauer Memory Lab and currently doing a meta-analysis on the topic of emotional memory.


2016-2017 Fellows


Qianqian Chen

Qianqian Chen is a senior double majoring in Applied Math & Statistics and Computer Science. She is interested in applying statistical theories and methods to the field of public health. As a QuanTM fellow she is working with Dr. Huang on a biostatistics research project focused on quantile regression analysis using R.

Qianru Wu

Qianru Wu is a senior double majoring Environmental Sciences and Economics. She is interested in using quantitative methods to assess environmental problems. She has been working with Dr. Saikawa for two semesters and she plans to continue researching with Dr. Saikawa on the project of comparing the emission inventories in India. 

Eukyung Yhang

Eukyung Yhang is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Quantitative Sciences and English & Creative Writing. She is interested in using statistics in the field of psychology and health. She has been working in the Bauer Memory Lab and currently doing a meta-analysis on the topic of emotional memory


Shuohao Zhang

Shuohao is a junior majoring in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Economics. He is interested in the application of quantitative research on macroeconomics and financial economics. He is working with Dr. Yue on a project to study the oscillations of currency exchange rates in terms of policy and market.

2015-2016 Fellows

Kanghong Shao

Kanghong Shao is a senior majoring in the joint major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He is interested in applying statistical and data analytics skills to real-world issues in both researches such as Public Health and Psychology as well as business fields such as marketing and advertising. As a QuanTM fellow he is working with Prof. Kathryn M. Yount on the project of Community Influences on Female Genital Cutting / Mutilation in Africa. He is now working in the phase of the dataset building and variables selection.

Hanyong Wu

Hanyong Wu is a junior majored in Applied Math and CS. He is interested in statistics and the use of quantitative methods. As a QuanTM fellow he is working with Dr. Vicki Hertzberg on a biostatistics research project measuring social contacts in the Emergency Department at Emory Midtown Hospital. Hanyong plans to purse a master degree of financial engineering and work on business field in the future. 

2014-2015 Fellows


Joo Eun Hwang

Joo Eun Hwang is a junior majoring in Mathematics and Economics. He is interested in public finance, financial economics, and econometrics. As a QuanTM fellow he is working with Dr. Gregory Martin in the Department of Political Science. he plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in Economics and desires to contribute to the development of developing countries in the future.


Congzheng Song

Congzheng Song is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and is pursuing a joint major in Computer Science and Mathematics and a minor in East Asian Studies. He is interested in the field of statistics, data science, and their applications. As a QuanTM fellow he is working with Dr. Clifford Carrubba on a political science research project analyzing roll-call voting and worldwide legislative behaviors. Currently, Congzheng is working on the data extraction part of the project using his computer science skills.

2013-2014 Fellows


Rebecca Berge

Becca Berge is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematics and Political Science. Within her focus of American politics, she is writing a thesis and working with Dr. Beth Reingold on research concerning gender, race, and representation in legislatures in the United States. 


Abigail Chambers

Abigail is currently a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a BS in Mathematics and a secondary degree in Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to speaking French, she is studying Arabic and Hebrew at Emory in order to pursue her academic goals. She hopes to earn an MA in Political Science with a concentration in peace negotiations and conflict management, with the intention of focusing on the Middle East. During the fellowship she is assisting Dr. Shawn Ramirez with her work examining components of peace negotiations through text analysis of relevant documents.

Regina Seo

Regina Seo is a senior majoring in Economics/Mathematics. She is interested in economic development, policies, and behavioral economics. As a QuanTM fellow she is working with Dr. Maasoumi on income mobility and inequality in the economies of the United States, China, and India. She plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in Economics or Public Policy and her dream is to work on policies in international organizations. 


Josh Weinstock

Josh Weinstock is a junior at Emory University studying Mathematics and Psychology. Josh is interested in data science and machine learning. As a fellow Josh is working in Professor Waldman's lab in the Psychology department, which studies the genetic etiology of childhood psychiatric disorders. Josh is also a baseball operations trainee for the Washington Nationals baseball team, contributing to proprietary statistical research and database construction.