Meet Us!

The lab is staffed by graduate lab assistants and undergraduate empirical reasoning fellows dedicated to supporting empirical reasoning across the curriculum. We each staff walk-in hours for the lab. Go to our VISIT US page to see each of our skills and staffing hours so you can plan your visit accordingly!


The Staff


Anna is a senior majoring in Economics and Mathematics.  She is particularly interested in Behavioral and Experimental Economics.  Her specialties include STATA, Excel, and Matlab.  

ERC Fellow


Carolyn is a junior at Barnard College double majoring in Mathematics-Statistics and Dance and minoring in Computer Science. Although she loves working with data in all fields, she is particularly interested in statistical applications in biology and the other natural sciences. Carolyn specializes in Excel, R, and MATLAB. 

ERC Fellow


Fatima(zohra) Koli is a junior, majoring in Computer Science and Economics and trying to fit a Race and Ethnicity minor into her already-full schedule! She is an Athena Scholar and she enjoys organizing data, working with the community, and talking about issues that affect South Asians and Muslims. Fatima has worked extensively in Excel and is also comfortable helping with Social Explorer.

ERC Fellow


Rachael is a senior majoring in Urban Studies with specializations in Sociology and Architecture. She is also working towards her MA in Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research at Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She spends her time painting watercolors, playing with her cat, and thinking about, looking at, and designing maps. Rachael specializes in geospatial methodologies, mapping software (including, but not limited to, ArcGIS, QGIS, Social Explorer, and Mapbox), data analysis and visualization using Python, and R. 

ERC Fellow


Rachel is a junior majoring in Economic and Social History. When she's not in class or practicing her German, she loves browsing Reddit (especially /r/dataisbeautiful) and drawing cartoons. She specializes in Excel and can help with questions regarding Stata.

ERC Fellow


Sienna is a senior pursuing a double major in Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In her free time, she enjoys generating data driven models, hosting potlucks, and sharing her passion for critical theory. Sienna specializes in research design and methodology, Excel, and STATA.

ERC Fellow 


Francis is a student in the sustainable development PhD program in SIPA at Columbia University. His primary fields of interest are applied microeconomic theory and econometrics. Francis also has complimentary interests in GIS and spatial statistics. His statistical skills encompass Stata, R, Matlab, SAS, qGIS and Excel.

Graduate Lab Assistant


Alisa holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her research focused on public opinion and environmental policy. While at UCSB, she also conducted research on student-faculty interaction in the context of political science education. Alisa has a B.A. in Bioethics from the American Jewish University. Prior to joining Barnard, Alisa worked as the survey methodologist at Ithaka S+R, a strategic consulting and research service that is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes JSTOR. At Ithaka S+R, Alisa managed large-scale survey projects of faculty members and students in the US and internationally.

Associate Director of the Empirical Reasoning Center