Amanda Weiss studies applied quantitative methods and American politics, with a secondary concentration in political theory. At Yale, she is pursuing an MA in statistics en route to the PhD in political science. Methodologically, she is interested in econometrics, computational techniques, research ethics, and philosophy of science. Some of her current projects look at challenges for statistical power in analyses of state-level policy; hate crime, and; bias detection through unsupervised machine learning for natural language processing. Her substantive research interests span state-level politics, political behavior, violence, and policy.
Amanda has co-authored an article on digital racial-ethnic socialization, two chapters in the textbook Social Problems (2019) and an article on the public health challenge of hopelessness in older adults (2020). She holds an MS from Columbia School of Social Work, where she was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Social Work Review and a Fellow at SAFElab, and a BA magna cum laude from Columbia University, Columbia College.