||Joshua Blumenstock is an Assistant Professor at the Information School, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Director of the Data Science and Analytics Lab at the University of Washington. His research develops methods and theory for the analysis of large-scale behavioral datasets, with a focus on how such data can be used to understand processes of human and economic development in poor and marginalized regions of the world. Recent projects use terabyte-scale data on network communication to understand the lasting impacts of corruption and violence (Afghanistan), the impact of ethnic segregation on the structure of social networks (Estonia), the role of migrants in labor markets (Rwanda and Pakistan), and the potential for Mobile Money and similar mobile phone-based technologies to reduce economic frictions and improve welfare and well-being (Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania).
Prior to joining UW, Joshua was a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Economics at Yale University. He has a Ph.D. in Information Management and a M.A. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley, and Bachelorís degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Wesleyan University. He is a recipient of the Intel Faculty Early Career Honor and a former fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and the Harvard Institutes of Medicine. His current projects are supported by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Innovations for Poverty Action, USAID, and the U.K. Department for International Development.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2014.