Welcome!

I am developing the Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory (SSQL) at Swarthmore College. The laboratory provides quantitative support to students in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology/Anthropology through workshops offered twice per week, one-on-one consulting, and developing curricula with faculty members. The first year was a substantial success: The SSQL ran 57 two hour workshops and reached 270 students through those workshops. In addition, 81 students worked with the SSQL on research and homework projects. The SSQL provided direct support to 10 courses, through curricula development, workshops, student meetings, and in class support.

I did my graduate work in political science at the University of Rochester, and hold a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Swarthmore College. I have taught at Georgetown, University of Rochester, and SUNY Oswego. My classes covered a broad range from data analysis to game theory to American Politics.

My research explores the connections between inequality, representation, and institutions in American politics. Using novel datasets compiled from Twitter, the Congressional staffing, and four decades of legislative activity in the House of Representatives, I examine how members of Congress allocate their time and money based on the socioeconomic characteristics of their districts. I extend this work to the effect of campaign donations on elections results, using novel data from a randomized controlled trial being implemented by Measured Politics. Methodologically, I work to understand the effects of confounding variables in multivariate regressions in order to separate the effects of race, income, and education on political outcomes.

Please feel free to contact me at ella.fostermolina+WP at gmail dot com with any questions about me or my work.

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