Welcome to my website.

My name is Kivan and I am excited that you are here.

Currently, I live in Houston, Texas where I am a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. I am also a Senior Data Scientist with Atlas Analytics and a Regional Affiliate at the University of Washington's Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology (CSDE).

In Autumn 2021, I will be the instructor for the University of Washington's (UW) Data and Society Course (SOC 225). As a UW graduate alum, I look forward to engaging with the Husky community in this new role.

Most recently, I was a Data Scientist with MAANA after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Università Bocconi's Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy in Milan where I was also a Research Affiliate at the Bocconi Institute for Data Science and Analytics (BIDSA).

My research focuses on combining computational social science approaches with alternative data (e.g., demographic data from the Facebook Marketing API) and traditional data (e.g. American Community Survey) to evaluate population dynamics such as migration patterns during a disaster. As a computational social scientist, my interests include structural inequality, natural language processing, and developing programming solutions (policy and software) to social problems. I'm passionate about growing the community of computational social scientists and teach in Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry Workshops.

If you are interested in contacting me, email: kivan.polimis@gmail.com