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Michele Claibourn

Director of Equitable Analysis

As the Director of Equitable Analysis, Michele Claibourn leads the Center’s community-engaged data science work in support of a more equitable and just region. Michele works to connect the developing data expertise of UVA students to the community as well through her faculty appointment in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where she teaches courses on Imagining Equitable Policy and Public Interest Data: Ethics and Practice, and a courtesy appointment in the School of Data Science, where she helped launch a Community Data Fellows program.

Prior to joining The Equity Center and Batten, she founded and led the StatLab, teaching courses and workshops on computational text analysis, applied causal inference, data wrangling, and machine learning. She built and directed Research Data Services in the UVA Library. As a faculty in UVA’s Political Science Department, she taught graduate courses on probability and statistical theory, linear modeling, time series analysis, and maximum likelihood analysis along with substantive courses in political psychology and communication, the presidency and the public, and campaigns and elections. She served as an invited instructor at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research’s Summer Program on Quantitative Methods of Social Research (2002-2005) teaching advanced maximum likelihood and mixed-effects modeling.

Her research publications include Presidential Campaigns and Presidential Accountability (University of Illinois Press 2011) as well as articles in The Journal of PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyPolitical CommunicationPolitical BehaviorLegislative Studies Quarterly, and PNAS.