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Joshua Kravitz

Hi, I’m Joshua!

I’m a data enthusiast looking to make a difference.

Recently, I was a Deputy Data Director on Jon Ossoff’s campaign for U.S. Senate; before that, I was the Data Director for Sri Kulkarni’s congressional campaign in TX-22. In June 2020, I graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in computer science (focus: systems and AI) and M.S. in statistics (focus: causal inference).

While I wasn’t researching new methods for estimating causal effects at Stanford, I oversaw the student leadership team for Camp Kesem at Stanford.

In my free time, I watch TV, read, play jazz piano, bake sourdough, and improvise. To me, improvisation is more than a fun hobby – it’s a way of life. My favorite improv maxims are “Say Yes,” “Follow the Fear,” and “Mistakes are Gifts.”

Interests

  • Progressive analytics
  • Civic engagement
  • Causal inference
  • Leadership and management

Education

  • MS in Statistics (Causal Inference), 2020

    Stanford University

  • BS in Computer Science (Systems), 2018

    Stanford University

Recent Posts

Guide to Political Data

I wrote this up for staff on Jon Ossoff for Senate’s Community Mobilizer program and figured I would save it here. The audience is (mostly) people who know about field and want to get into data. This mostly serves as a reference to other quality guides. Relevant Skills Spreadsheets – I avoid them when I can, but they’re often unavoidable. You’ll save yourself some headaches if you know the basics: vlookup, importrange, filter, query.

What Is Causality

When I meet new people or talk with friends, many wonder what I mean when I say I’m interested in causal inference. I then go on to give a short pitch on causal inference and observational studies. I figure I’d write down what I say in a blog post. Be warned that I have only been studying this stuff for around a year, so I’m by no means an expert; some of what I say, too, might be oversimplified or plain wrong (hopefully not the case, but if something seems suspect, let me know!

My First Post

This is my first post on my new website! I’ve always been hesitant to make a personal website – it has always felt a bit self-centered – but I’ve decided that for now, the pros outweigh the cons. I plan on using this website as a portfolio and record of my work, likely in data analysis but also in any other areas relevant to my experience and goals. Perhaps as time passes, I’ll start jotting notes and thoughts down here as well (no promises).

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