Carnegie Mellon University
Research Fellows

Sydney Barlow

Sydney Barlow

Research Assistant

Bio

Sydney Barlow recently completed her freshman year at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in biology and psychology. She grew up in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, PA. At CMU, She is a member of the Minority Pre-Health Association, CMU Doctors of Carnegie, and the Spirit Dance Team. Sydney continues to work in her Hill District community, is a Crossroads Alumna, and supports the Women’s March annually. She is currently working as a research assistant with Jay Aronson and Washington, DC Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell, Jr. on their deaths in custody project.

Ben Klingensmith

Ben Klingensmith

Research Assistant

Bio

Ben Klingensmith is junior at Carnegie Mellon University, planning to graduate with majors in Statistics & Machine Learning and Behavioral Economics, Policy, and Organizations, and a minor in Computer Science. His work focuses on empirical social and data science for the promotion of equality and general welfare. He has researched U.S. gerrymandering and vote dilution under the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, and co-authored a related paper, "Locating The Representational Baseline: Republicans In Massachusetts," led by Tufts professor Moon Duchin.  His is current working on the center’s collaboration with the Pennsylvania Prison Society under the direction of Robin Mejia and Jay Aronson. His project, funded by a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), involves the analysis of publicly available data to improve the Society's prison oversight capabilities.

Zhenzhen Liu

Zhenzhen Liu

Research Assistant

Bio

Zhenzhen Liu is a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon University, with a major in Statistics and Machine Learning and a minor in Computer Science. She is also a student in the Quantitative Social Sciences Scholars program, and is very interested in studying social science problems with data-driven approaches. Currently, she is working as a research assistant with Robin Mejia and Jay Aronson on a project with Pennsylvania Prison Society, which aims to build an index to evaluate the quality of prisons.

Peter Rezk

Peter Rezk

Research Assistant

Bio

Peter Rezk is a junior from Bayonne, New Jersey, studying Ethics, History, and Public Policy with a minor in Politics and Public Policy. He plans to become a lawyer to fight mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Peter is politically active and has a keen interest in ensuring a more fair and accountable criminal justice system. He has interned at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C., where he advocated for affordable college education and fought against predatory college loan lending. Peter is currently working as a research assistant with Jay Aronson and Washington, DC Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell, Jr. on their deaths in custody project.