Amanda Weiss studies American politics and quantitative methods, with a secondary concentration in political theory. At Yale, she is pursuing an MA in statistics en route to the PhD in political science. Her substantive research interests span state-level politics, political behavior, violence, extremism, and the Internet. Methodologically, she is interested in computational techniques and econometrics. 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.
Amanda has co-authored 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 from Columbia University, Columbia College.