Information for Students


  Requesting a Meeting

The easiest way to request a meeting is to sign up for a slot during my office hours through this link. If that time does not work for you, you can email me. Please note that in general I am unable to talk to students who are applying for our programs (I receive too many such requests). However, I am happy to talk once you are admitted to one of our programs. Thank you for your understanding.

  Requesting a Recommendation Letter

I write a large number of recommendation letters for both graduate and undergraduate students and so efficiency is important for me. In general, a recommendation letter should be written by someone who knows you and your work well. If we both agree that I am the right person as your letter writer, share with me the following materials at least two weeks before the deadline through Google drive folder: the most updated curriculum vitae, all the application materials you are submitting, a brief description of a fellowship, or a job you are applying for, and a brief memo describing your accomplishments or whatever else I should be aware of when writing the letter. My assistant will be uploading the letter and so you should directly coordinate with her. In particular, you should use her email rather than mine as the contact information of your letter writer.

  Graduate Students

I advise a number of students across subfields and disciplines. Some of these students are statisticians and methodologists whereas others focus on substantive research areas. See here for a list of current and former students. If you are interested in having me on your dissertation committee, come talk to me ideally before you start your dissertation research. The earlier, the better. If both of us agree that it is a good idea to have me on the committee, then you will be asked to regularly participate in my weekly research group meetings where I advise students' dissertation research. Finally, I only write academic job market letters for students whom I officially advise as a dissertation committee member.

I also work with graduate students on collaborative projects. See here for a list of publications, many of which are written with my current and former students. If you are interested in working with me, come talk to me rather than wait until I reach out to you. You should have a good training of statistics (e.g., our quantitative methods sequence) and computational skills (e.g., our workshops on scraping and research computing). Research collaboration also requires you to think independently and take initiatives rather than just doing what I tell you to do.

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