I am a Data Science Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy (DSaPP), where I helps governments use machine learning to deliver services more efficiently, effectively, and equitably. My work at DSaPP focuses on criminal justice and economic development.

Prior to this, I worked as a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago and earned a PhD in social psychology from the University of Illinois. My research examines how we explain and make judgments about the social world. More specifically, I am interested in how we make moral judgments, how we think about polarized political issues like climate change, and how we think about social categories like race and gender. I am also interested in meta-scientific topics like replication and research methods.

Before all of this, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Maryland, tutored K-12 and college students in reading and writing, worked in education policy and research at American Institutes for Research, and earned a master’s degree in Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. All of these experiences have molded my research interests and informed my belief in the power of science to help us understand and improve the social world.

You can contact me at ecsalomon@gmail.com or on Twitter @ecsalomon.