Gleason, Kelly

Data Science Lead

  • Kelly Gleason
    Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform

    Research Interests

    • Conflict Prevention
    • Conflict resolution
    • Data visualization processes for evidence based decision-making
    • Economics
    • Gender Research
    • Human trafficking
    • Modern Slavery
    • Political Violence
    • Quantitative Methodology
    • Statistics
    • Technology

    Biographical Statement

    Kelly A. Gleason joined the UNU Centre for Policy Research as Data Science Lead for the Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform Project on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in August 2017.

    Dr. Gleason is a quantitative social scientist and programmer with a focus on conflict data and the visualization and communication of complex data. Her substantive academic training centred around multiple types and levels of conflict processes including civil war onset and recurrence, ethnic rioting, and terrorist group network analysis. Her dissertation examined the impact of constitutional ethnic party bans on reducing intensity of lower-level conflict, employing a novel measurement modelling strategy as well as machine-learning techniques. During her graduate studies, Dr Gleason received additional research methodology and computer science education through the ICPSR program at University of Michigan where she became an instructor, training graduate students in advanced quantitative methods and statistical programming languages.

    Prior to joining UNU, she served as a data analytics associate in research and development at University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, building and maintaining web tools for Chicago Public School statistics.

    (2010-2017): PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    (2007-2009): M.A., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    (2009): Post-Graduate Certificate in Middle East and North African Studies
    (2001-2006): B.A. Sociology and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Parkside