Dhrumil Mehta

Hello! I’m an Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University where I teach classes focused on data. I’m also Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

I previously worked as a Database Journalist at FiveThirtyEight, where I built and maintained the site’s database of public opinion polls, its open data repositories and other core infrastructure. In addition to making scrapers, bots, databases and interactive graphics, I also reported on and wrote about elections, public opinion and media.

I am also an Visiting Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where I teach a course that I developed called Programming and Data for Policymakers. The class is designed to equip policy students with the skills needed to navigate nuanced issues at the intersection of technology and governance through a combination of hands-on programming workshops and policy discussions.