Seminar: “The Intersections of Race, Data Science, and Public Policy”

Presenter: Terry-Ann Craigie, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Connecticut College; Economics Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice, at NYU; Visiting Faculty, Data Science Initiative & Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University

  • Date: Mar 22, 2019
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Location: Hardge Forum Room, Multicultural Center

The quest for innovative solutions to social problems has drawn strong interest from both the public and the media. Cross-disciplinary efforts to improve racial equity in criminal justice, employment, health, and public safety have often been met with insurmountable data roadblocks. With the onset of the Big Data Revolution however, big data and data science tools can be used to inform these issues more effectively. In this presentation, I introduce a key public policy reform, describe the limitations of survey data in studying this policy, and illustrate how big data can help facilitate more innovative solutions.