I’m a researcher at American Institutes for Research, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education (see C.V. or Google Scholar profile). Leading academic journals such as Child Development, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences have published my research.

I earned my Ph.D. in psychology at Northwestern University in June 2018, and my dissertation analyzed nationally representative longitudinal datasets to study transitions into and out of STEM. 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 ABC News, BBC News, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Nature, New York Times, Science, Smithsonian, TIME, The Atlantic, The Guardian, U.S. News, Washington Post, and Yahoo News. I have also been interviewed twice on radio for BBC World Service.

My own popular press writing has also appeared in outlets such as Associated Press, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, Quartz, Scientific American, and U.S. News. While a graduate student at Northwestern, I reached over 200,000 readers as a contributing writer for The Conversation, an outlet where content is written by academics and edited by journalists.


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 American Institutes for Research.

Contact me

Email: dimiller@air.org

Twitter: @davidimiller