Our Team

Director: Jacob Montgomery
Associate Professor of Political Science

Montgomery's research focuses on how to use advanced computational methods for core social science tasks including measurement, theory testing, survey research, and causal inference. Substantively, his research focus is on American politics and more recently, on social media. In addition to his work with TRIADS, he is an associate professor and director of data science training in the Department of Political Science; chair of the political science track for the Division of Computational and Data Sciences; and director of The American Social Survey for the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy.


Associate Director: Tammy English
Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Science

English’s research is focused on better understanding how emotion regulation operates in daily life and develops across adulthood into old age. In addition to her work with TRIADS, she is an associate professor, head of the social & personality division, and director of the Emotion and Relationships laboratory in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. In her current work, English is examining how age-related shifts in motivation and resources impact emotion regulation and well-being in the context of depression and cognitive impairment. 


Jessie Walker 
Computational Engineer and Software Developer, A&S Computing

Jessie Walker is a native of Arkansas. Walker has more than 18 years of experience working with diverse communities in both the postsecondary and private sectors. This includes extensive experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research supported by external funding from national sources such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD); as well as private sector entities such as Oracle, Dell, Acxiom Corporation, MasterCard, Amazon AWS, IBM, and Sony Corporation, which resulted in more than $15 million in competitive research funding.

Programming Languages: Python, scikit-learn HTML/JavaScript, Perl, C/C++, PHP, Django, H20.ai, SQL, Database/Server Tech: MySQL, Ubuntu, RethinkDB/NoSQL
Other Software Tools/Services: Tensorflow.js, Digital Ocean, AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Firebase

Office Hours: M, W (1-2:30 p.m.) or by appointment
Zoom Link: https://wustl.zoom.us/my/jessie.walker


Bhavna Hirani
Senior Research Development Associate

Bhavna Hirani leads research proposal development in key areas of Arts & Sciences. In this role, her major activities include developing large-scale interdisciplinary grant proposals, identifying external resources for partnerships, interacting with funding agencies/sponsors to identify synergies with university researchers, analyzing data to help drive strategic planning and prepare competitive readiness, and assisting with the design and execution of an internal seed grant funding program. A significant portion of her time is focused on TRIADS where she provides support to the mission of advancing impactful social science-related research using the tools and resources of the big data revolution.