Dan O’Brien is associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-director of the Boston Area Research Initiative. His work focuses on the ways that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can work together to leverage modern digital data (i.e., “Big Data”) to better understand and serve cities. His own work focuses on the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods, particularly those that directly impact a place’s future upward (or downward) trajectory.
Christopher Winship is the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University and a member of the senior faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a faculty associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Program in Criminal Justice, the Ph.D. Program in Organizational Behavior, the Center for Public Leadership, the Safra Center for Ethics, and the Program in Social Inequality. He is past chair of both the Departments of Sociology at Harvard and Northwestern University.
Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Founding Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative. A former President of the American Society of Criminology, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
Ryan Qi Wang is assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, and faculty affiliate of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He studies the interplay between urban informatics and urban, infrastructure, and social resilience. His research focuses on two interrelated areas: human movement perturbation under the influence of natural and manmade disasters (collaborating with UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech), and geosocial networks in big cities (collaborating with Harvard University).
Will Pfeffer is the Boston Area Research Initiative's Program Coordinator, working with BARI's directors and research team to do community outreach and trainings, communications, events, and more. Prior to joining BARI, Will worked at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, at the Massachusetts Democratic Party, and at Obama for America (2012). Will is originally from Boulder, CO, and holds a BA in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Colorado.