Grants Awarded

2017-2019, Messaging Mobility: Exploring and Creating New Narratives about Migration and Human Movement in a Changing World. Toyota Foundation (Japan), Principal Investigator

2013-2015, Seeing Data: Are Good Big Data Visualisations Possible? Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Co-Investigator

2013-2015, Big Data, Big Visions: Challenges and Opportunities for British Civil Society Engagement with Data Driven Research. Toyota Foundation (Japan), Principal Investigator

2013, Big Talk About Big Data: Discourses of Evidence and Data in British Civil Society. Communities and Culture Network+ (UK), Principal Investigator

Research Experience

2012-Present, Research Officer. Projects involving migration and media; migration at the 2015 UK General Election; migration during the 2014 Scotland independence referendum; data visualisation; and knowledge exchange among civil society organisations

2011-2012, Research Assistant. UK Migration, Political Elites, and Public Perceptions: Possibilities for Large-Corpus Textual Analysis of British Print Media Coverage, Dr Scott Blinder (University of Oxford)

2007-2009, Research Assistant. A Common Table: Agricultural, Environmental, and Social Change in Northern Mexico, Dr Edward C Lorenz (Alma College, USA)

Teaching and Lecturing

2014-2015, Tutor. International Labour Migration: Economics, Politics and Ethics. Oxford Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

2007-2009, Tutor. Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Introduction to Sociology. Alma College (USA).

External Seminars

2017, February. Language and Power: How Words Shape What We Think About Migration and Migrants. Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, University of Reading (Reading, UK)

2016, December. What Does a Post-Facts World Mean for Research Evidence? Reflections on Social Scientific Practice and Public Engagement. Institute of Education, University College London (London, UK)

2014, July. UK Newspaper Portrayals of Migrant Groups. Guest lecture for the 2014 POLIS Journalism Summer School, London School of Economics (London, UK)

2013, May. Where are the Frontiers of Evidence? The Critical Politics of Big Textual Data. Seminar presentation for the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Group, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds (Leeds, UK)

Public and Policy Engagement

2016, March. Characterising Migration: Media Depictions and Public Perceptions (talk begins at 1:14:21). Birkbeck, University of London (London, UK)

2015, November. What Can Datavis Do? ESRC Festival of Social Science. University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK)

2015, May. Data Is Social! Ashmolean Museum LiveFriday Event (Oxford, UK)

2014, October. How Did the UK National Press Portray Bulgarians and Romanians Prior to the Lifting of Transitional Controls on 1 January 2014? COMPAS Breakfast Briefing. Institute for Strategic Dialogue (London, UK).

2014, October. Training on Migration Issues for Public Relations Officials. International Centre for Migration Policy Development (Kvareli, Georgia)

2013, October. Invited Delegate. Migrants in the Media Conference. European Commission, DG Home Affairs (Brussels, Belgium)

2013, February. Invited Delegate. Communicating Better by Drawing on the Evidence About Immigration: Contributing to a New Narrative on Migration. 5th Annual Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (Vienna, Austria)

Academic Service

Reviewing and Editorial Activity

2016-18, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Peer Review Group (UK)

2015, Open Research Area in Europe, Economic and Social Research Council (UK)

2014, Culture and Communities Network+ (UK)

2014 & 2015, Programme Committee Member. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Web Science Conference

Reviewer For: African Journalism Studies, Evidence & Policy; Health Policy; Information Visualization; International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Journal of Communication, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Migration Studies, Political Studies, Societies Without Borders; Sociology, Television and New Media

Scholarships, Fieldwork Grants

My research training and fieldwork has been supported by funding from (in alphabetical order): Association of American Geographers; Chicago Lighthouse Foundation; Economic and Social Research Council (UK); Hertford College, Oxford; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford; Jack Kent Cooke Foundation; Midwest Political Science Association; North American Inter-Fraternal Foundation; Oxford Department of International Development; Posey Global Leadership Fellowship Program; Santander; Sigma Chi Foundation; St Antony’s College, Oxford; Wolfson College, Oxford


University of Oxford, MPhil Development Studies (2011)

Alma College (USA), BA Social Policy summa cum laude with Honors (2009). Minors in Economics, Public Affairs, and Music