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The QMSS program gives students access to some of the most accomplished scholars at Columbia University. Working with a broad range of faculty members on theses and other research projects provides our students with the intellectual and material resources they need to accomplish their educational goals. Listed below are the faculty currently teaching in the QMSS program, but students also work with a wide range of faculty across the university.

QMSS/ISERP at Columbia University

Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson  is the Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, where she has served as the director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is President-elect of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology. Prior to joining Columbia, Nelson was on the faculty of Yale University from 2003-2009 and received the Poorvu Family Award for teaching excellence.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego and completed her doctoral studies at New York University. Her research focuses on the intersections of science, technology, medicine, and inequality. Her books include Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History; Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination; and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life, which was recognized with four scholarly awards, including the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society and the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association

Her latest book, The Social Life of DNA, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in January. She is presently engaged in new ethnographic research that examines grassroots responses to the STEM field crisis. Dean Nelson is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford, Wilson, and Mellon Foundations. She has been a visiting fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Medicine, the BIOS Center at the London School of Economics, and the Bavarian American Academy. She sits on the editorial board of Social Studies of Science and serves as an advisor to the Data & Society Research Institute. 

Gregory M. Eirich

Dr. Eirich is the Director of the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) MA Program and is appointed Lecturer-in-Discipline within the Department of Sociology. His course offerings include Data Analysis, Advanced Analytic Techniques, Research Seminar, Time Series, and Social Network Analysis with QMSS.  He researches the causes and consequences of socioeconomic inequality, with a particular focus on family processes.  He has studied “rich-get-richer” dynamics in the CEO labor market and the cumulative academic consequences of reading ability groups in the early education.  His dissertation examined the relationship between parental religiosity and children's educational attainment in the United States.  He has many on-going projects in collaboration with MA and Ph.D. students.  His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology (with Thomas Diprete and Matthew Pittinsky), Annual Review of Sociology (with Thomas DiPrete), International Journal of the Sociology of the FamilyResearch in the Sociology of Work, in Adolescence in the 21st Century: Constants and Challenges (eds, Frances R. Spielhagen, Paul D. Schwartz; Information Age Publishing), and most recently, in the Journal of Family Issues.  He has a BA in Classical Languages and Philosophy from Fordham University and his Ph.D. is from Columbia in Sociology.  Prior to teaching, Greg was a senior consultant conducting health care research at The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC.  He can be reached via email.

Benjamin Goodrich

Dr. Goodrich is a core instructor of QMSS and teaches Missing Data, Bayesian Statistics, Data Mining, Data Analysis, and Theory and Methodology at QMSS. Previously, he was a Post-doctoral Researcher working with Andrew Gelman at the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University (primarily on the mi R package for missing Data). He received his PhD in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University in 2010 where his dissertation, It’s Not All About the Benjamins: Political Economy and Social-Psychology Theories of Welfare State Preferences, derived two new estimators and applies them to cross-country survey data to test competing theories of preferences for redistribution and other welfare state programs. He previously served as a research assistant at the Peterson Institute for international Economics.  His research interests include methodology, comparative politics and political economy. 

Navid Hassanpour

Navid Hassanpour teaches Thesis Seminar and Data Visualization with QMSS. He studies politics in hybrid regimes: collective action and elections under authoritarianism leading to social revolutions or stable electoral institutionsHe holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford (2006) and a second Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale (2014). Last year, he was a Niehaus Fellow at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He works with social media data to discern collective social behavior, has conducted mass online experiments in the past two years as part of his research, and employs GIS methods in conflict studies. His paper “Media Disruption and Revolutionary Unrest: Evidence from Mubarak's Quasi-Experiment”, Political Communication 31(1), January 2014, was awarded International Communications Association’s Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award. At Columbia University he teaches Thesis research seminar at QMSS while finishing his book Leading from the Periphery: The Network Dynamics of Decentralized Collective Action, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. His ongoing archival work in Tehran, Saint Petersburg and Beijing examines the inception of electoral institutions at the era of Constitutional Revolutions. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The New Republic, The Atlantic and CNN among other domestic and international venues.

Costas Panagopoulos

Dr. Panagopoulos teaches Theory and Methods, Thesis Seminar, and Experimentation in the Social Sciences at QMSS. He is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University. He has been a research associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2006. Dr. Panagopoulos previously founded and directed the Master’s Program in Political Campaign Management in the Department of Politics at New York University. Dr. Panagopoulos, a leading expert on campaigns and elections, voting behavior, public opinion, and campaign finance and has been part of the Decision Desk team at NBC News since the 2006 election cycle. A former candidate for the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1992, Dr. Panagopoulos also offers courses on campaign management and strategy, message development, and political communication. His scholarly research has been published in numerous leading journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsPublic Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and Political Behavior.

Ju Yeon Park

Dr. Park teaches Theory and Methodology of the Social Sciences and Data Analysis at QMSS. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2015. Her research focuses on the role and use of information in political decision-making processes in both American and comparative contexts. Her dissertation investigates how political and institutional factors affect types of information transmitted in legislative hearings using a game-theoretic model and experiments by focusing on strategic selection of witnesses in public hearings. Currently, she is working on several survey-based projects that explore how the effects of national economic conditions on electoral outcomes vary by individual voters’ level of sophistication and income as well as the alignment of income groups and ideological parties. Her research agenda also includes information-sharing under different rules of resource distribution and voting rules and the paradox of raising turnout rates and informed votes. She has previously taught undergraduate courses on American politics and graduate courses on Quantitative analysis at New York University.     

Jeremy Porter

Dr. Porter teaches Introduction to GIS and Advanced Spatial Analysis for the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences MA program.  He is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York and a Faculty Associate at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research.  Dr. Porter is a founding editor of Spatial Demography and has also assumed the lead editorial position of the Social Science section of the Journal of Maps.  His recent research has focused on the development of new spatially-integrated methods for the investigation of demographic processes.  His book publications include Tracking the Mobility of Crime, a book that documents the measurement of Geographic units as containers of crime and the development/implementation of more sophisticated methods for the identification of mobility/diffusion patterns across space; and Geographical Sociology, which he co-authored with  Frank M. Howell, which attempts to draw attention to the currently fragmented state of the theoretical foundations of space and the more methodological advancements that have occurred in recent decades.  In addition, Dr. Porter has published 30+ peer-reviewed articles, primarily with an emphasis on the investigation of social processes and human behavior in ecological context.