I’m a Northwestern psychology Ph.D. candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, planning to graduate in June 2018 (see C.V.). My dissertation analyzes nationally representative longitudinal datasets to study transitions into and out of science and engineering. Academic journals such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Perspectives in Psychological Science and Trends in Cognitive Sciences have published my research.

Before Northwestern, I earned my B.S. in Mathematical Physics from Harvey Mudd College and then pursued science education research through UC Berkeley’s Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Center.

I strengthened my data skills through University of Chicago’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship where I worked on a machine learning project to improve student success in high school.

Media attention

My research (Google Scholar profile) has been covered by national and international news outlets including Ars Technica, Chicago Tribune, Nature, Psychology Today, Quartz, Science, The Guardian, U.S. News, and Yahoo News.

I’ve reached 150,000+ readers as a contributing writer for The Conversation, an outlet where content is written by academics and edited by journalists. My popular press writing has also appeared in other outlets such as Associated Press, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, Quartz, and U.S. News.


My blog broadly targets people looking to strengthen their data skills, as detailed here. The posts aim to reach people even with beginner technical skills. I’ll also talk about interesting data and research, especially about diversity in science and technology.


My writings on my blog or popular press outlets solely represent my own personal opinions. These writings do not represent the views of Northwestern University or anyone else employed there including my advisors.

Contact me

Email: dmiller@u.northwestern.edu

Twitter: @davidimiller