Our Team

As an organization, MGGG operates on multiple scales. We have a core group in the Boston area, a larger group of active contributors working with us on various projects.

Local Team

A photo of Hakeem Angulu
Hakeem Angulu started working with MGGG through the Radcliffe Research Program in 2018, focusing on algorithms and computer experiments. He wrote his senior thesis at Harvard on a Discrete Voter Model for estimating racial polarization, advised by Moon and Thomas. They are now collaborating to extend the model and publish the results.
A photo of Amy Becker
Amy Becker is a data scientist with MGGG whose interests include algorithm design, combinatorial optimization, and computing for social change. Before joining the group, Amy earned a PhD in Computer Science from Brown University, specializing in graph algorithms.
A photo of Nick Doiron
Nick Doiron is a software engineer on MGGG’s Districtr project. His past work in the open data space includes i18n/l10n for OpenStreetMap, and interactive maps for Code for America, the Asia Foundation in Myanmar, and McKinsey & Company.
A photo of Moon Duchin
Moon Duchin founded MGGG in 2016 to focus mathematical attention on redistricting. Her areas of mathematical expertise are in geometry, topology, and dynamical systems. Her affiliations at Tufts University include Mathematics, STS, and the Tisch College of Civic Life.
A photo of Dara Gold
Dara Gold is a Data Scientist with MGGG. She completed her PhD in Math at Boston University in 2015. Prior to working at MGGG she worked at the RAND Corporation as an Associate Mathematician.
A photo of Liz Kopecky
Liz Kopecky is a project manager for MGGG, assisting with the group’s research, civic, and fundraising initiatives. Prior to joining MGGG, she worked as an environmental planner in the energy industry.
A photo of JN Matthews
JN Matthews is a recent graduate of Tufts University, where they studied computer science and math. At MGGG, they work as a computational engineer on a variety of projects. They are interested in the intersection of mathematics and civic education, particularly in the area of redistricting.
A photo of Heather Rosenfeld
Heather Rosenfeld joined MGGG after completing a PhD in geography at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to mapping, her research interests include citizen science, the place of technology in participatory processes, and social/environmental justice. She has additional projects on critical animal geographies and environmental justice.
A photo of Parker Rule
Parker Rule is an undergraduate student at Tufts University studying mathematics and computer science. He works in the lab as a software engineer and research associate. He is interested in operations research, high-performance computing, and computational geometry.
A photo of Gabe Schoenbach
Gabe Schoenbach is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied mathematics and computer science. At MGGG, he works on a variety of research and software projects, and is especially interested in the applications of graph and network theory to redistricting.
A photo of Brad Souders
Brad Souders is the program manager for MGGG, managing the group’s research, civic, and fundraising initiatives. Prior to MGGG, Brad served in the US Navy and worked in the public and non-profit sector as a case manager. He maintains active interests voting and civil rights issues.
A photo of Bhushan Suwal
Bhushan Suwal is a research associate at MGGG where he works on various research and software projects. He is interested in statistics and computational social science. He is a recent graduate of Tufts University, where he majored in computer science.
A photo of Thomas Weighill
Thomas Weighill is a postdoc in the group. His research interests include geometry, group theory and applications of topology and geometry to data science. Before joining MGGG, Thomas completed his PhD in mathematics at the University of Tennessee under the supervision of Jerzy Dydak. He has several active projects in computational topology and geospatial networks.

Key Collaborators, Past and Present

A photo of Mira Bernstein
Mira Bernstein is an educator and data scientist who helped launch MGGG and was an active member and major collaborator in 2016-17.
A photo of Ruth Buck
Ruth Buck was MGGG’s lead Geographer from 2018-20, focusing on GIS (geographic information systems), cartography, and political and demographic data. She is currently studying for a PhD in geography at Penn State University.
A photo of Jeanne Clelland
Jeanne Clelland is a math professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research uses techniques from differential geometry to study problems in differential equations.
A photo of Daryl DeFord
Daryl DeFord was a postdoc in the group through Justin Solomon’s lab at MIT, with research interests in complex networks and the mathematics of social data. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Washington State University.
A photo of Nestor Guillen
Nestor Guillen is a math professor at Texas State University. He researches analysis and PDE in connection with geometry and physics. and is currently interested in applying optimal transport to analyze geographical data.
A photo of Max Hully
Max Hully was a VRDI participant in 2018 and worked as the MGGG Software Developer in 2018-19, taking the lead on the initiation and development of our Districtr webtool and a range of open-source projects.
A photo of Aidan Kestigian
Aidan Kestigian worked as the program manager for MGGG in 2018-19, managing the group’s research, civic, and fundraising initiatives. Prior to working for MGGG, Aidan earned a PhD in Logic, Computation, and Methodology at Carnegie Mellon University. She maintains active research interests in voting theory and social & political philosophy.
A photo of Beth Malmskog
Beth Malmskog is a professor at Colorado College. Her research is in number theory and applied discrete mathematics. Beth works with MGGG on ensemble analysis for Colorado, as well as education and public outreach on mathematics and redistricting.
A photo of Fred McBride
Fred McBride is the Redistricting and Voting Rights Policy Specialist at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in D.C. Fred is a longtime collaborator of MGGG, particularly on outreach efforts such as the Participatory Redistricting Project and our Geodata Bootcamp training.
A photo of Ari Nieh
Ari Nieh was a founding member of MGGG, specializing in math pedagogy and communication. He co-led our initial cycle of Educator Training sessions with a focus on gerrymandering and geometry.
A photo of Anthony Pizzimenti
Anthony Pizzimenti is a math and computer science student at the University of Iowa. Anthony has worked on an array of software projects for MGGG. He also runs MGGG’s Twitter account.
A photo of Michael Sarahan
Michael Sarahan is a software developer in Austin, TX who helped MGGG launch our open-source software efforts.
A photo of Zachary Schutzman
Zachary Schutzman is a CS PhD student at UPenn, working with Aaron Roth on topics at the interface of computing and social norms, such as fairness and privacy. Zach has worked with MGGG on algorithm design and interactives.
A photo of Justin Solomon
Justin Solomon leads the Geometric Data Processing Group in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), which studies problems at the intersection of geometry, large-scale optimization, machine learning, and applications. He co-led MGGG from 2017 - 2019 .
A photo of Ari Stern
Ari Stern is a math professor at Washington University in St. Louis. His research explores the relationship between geometry and numerical methods for differential equations.
A photo of Charles Stewart
Charles Stewart is a political scientist at MIT who runs MEDSL, the MIT Election Data + Science Lab. His research specialties include American political development, election technology, public service administration, and election reform. Charles has been a major MGGG collaborator in our work on geodata management.
A photo of Olivia Walch
Olivia Walch is a postdoc at UMichigan with research interests in mobile app development and the math of sleep, image processing, and redistricting. She’s also a cartoonist whose art will appear in MGGG’s edited volume, Political Geometry.
A photo of Oliver York
Oliver York worked with MGGG as a Radcliffe Research Partner, researching the evolving legislative and legal attempts to rein in gerrymandering. He is an active advocate for youth civic education and voter turnout.