The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University is pleased to present the  Public Policy and Massive Data Faculty Seminar Series. The goal of the series is to establish a cross-disciplinary research institute to further the innovative uses of data for policy and social science.

AY 2016-2017

More information coming soon.


Previous Events

(AY 2015-2016) 

Presentations will be in Old North 205 unless otherwise noted. Titles and papers will be distributed when possible.

Monday, February 8, 3.45 p.m.: Sandy Calvert is the Director of the Children’s Media Center in Georgetown’s Psychology Department. Her talk is “21st Century Environments: The Promises and Perils of U.S. Children's Media.” 

Monday, February 29, 3.30 p.m.: Edmund Malesky is a specialist in the political development in Vietnam and China and an associate professor at Duke university. Title/paper will be distributed soon.

Monday, March 14, 3.30 p.m.: Winter Mason is a computational social scientist at Facebook. His talk is “Understanding Politics and Political Issues with Social Media Data.”

Monday, April 11, 3.30 p.m.: (tentative) Dayanand Manoli of the University of Texas, currently visiting at Treasury. 

Monday, April 25, 3.30 p.m.: Andrew Crane-Droesch is McCourt’s MDI post-doc fellow. 

(AY 2014-2015) 

Tuesday, Nov 18, 10:30am-11:45amCharan Singh, Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor of Economics and Social Science, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.  Presentation Title: “Challenges Facing The Indian Economy."  Old North Room 205.

Monday, Dec. 1, 12:30pm-1:45pm: Chloe Gibbs, Assistant Professor, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia.  Old North Room 205.

Friday, February 20, 12:00pm-1:15pmNoah Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, March 5, 3:00pm-4:20pmRachel Augustine Potter, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, March 19, 3:00pm-4:15pmElizabeth Stuart, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Old North Room 205.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:00pm-4:30pm: Gaurav Sood, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massive Data Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, April 9th, 3:00pm-4:20pm: Phillip B. Levine, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor , Department of Economics, Wellesley College.  Old North Room 205.

Friday, April 24, 12:00pm-1:20pm: Ioana Marinescu, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.  Old North Room 205.

Thursday, April 30, 2:00pm - 3:30 pm: David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University.  Old North Room 205.

(AY 2013-2014)

Matthew Harding, Department of Economics, Stanford University
"Big Data, Food Purchases and the Impact of Product and Nutrient Taxes"
October 21, 2013
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Old North 205

Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
"Google Tools for Data Analysis"
November 13, 2013
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Old North 205

Matthew Taddy, Booth School, University of Chicago
January 27, 2014
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Old North 205

Gary King, Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
February 7, 2014 
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Old North 205

Justin Grimmer, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
March 17, 2014
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Old North 205

David Krakauer, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin
May 5, 2014
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Old North 205

Questions? Please contact Lauren Mullins at To see additional previous event, please view this listing page.