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Richard Shafranek, Ph.D.

Data Scientist

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

- American political behavior
- Quantitative research methodology
- Analytics

ORGANIZATIONS

- AmeriCorps
- The Freedonia Group
- Delaware Democratic Party
- Northwestern University

CAMPAIGNS

- Obama for America
- Delaware Democratic Coordinated Campaign
- Daniel Biss for Illinois

As HIT’s data scientist, Richard oversees the data pipeline for quantitative research projects: he develops compelling data visualizations and interactive dashboards, automates data processing procedures to allow survey research projects to be executed at speed and scale, conducts rigorous statistical analyses, and brings to bear innovative research methods to access and understand the hardest-to-react voters.

Originally from Ohio, Richard resides in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining HIT Strategies, Richard earned his PhD from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, where he specialized in American political behavior and quantitative research methodology. Richard’s research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Psychology, and Weather, Climate, and Society. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book on partisanship and polarization in the United States (Cambridge University Press).  

Richard’s prior political experience includes stints with the Delaware Democratic Party, Organizing for America, and an Illinois gubernatorial campaign. Richard has also worked as a market researcher, served in AmeriCorps, and was a Fulbright scholar to Indonesia (2011-12). He graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in Political Science and English (Phi Beta Kappa) in 2010.