Ryan Moore Ph.D.

Ryan T. Moore is a Senior Social Scientist in The Lab @ DC. He is also Assistant Professor of Government at American University.

Ryan’s research interests center around statistical political methodology, with applications in American social policy. Substantively, he is interested in the intersection of direct democracy, federalism, and the politics of old age pensions and health care. He develops and implements methods for political experiments, ecological data, missing data, causal inference, and geolocated data. Among his publications are twelve peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, and four software packages and applications. His work has appeared in Political Analysis, The Lancet, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among other outlets.

Ryan is an affiliate of the research network Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) and American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS). At Harvard, he was a doctoral fellow of the Inequality and Social Policy program and a graduate associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS). Between 2010 and 2012 he was Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

As a professor and graduate student, Ryan has taught graduate-level causal inference, mathematical modeling, introductory statistical methods, linear modeling, hierarchical Bayesian modeling, statistical techniques for litigation research, and American public and social policy. He has also trained post-bachelor fellows in health policy in a variety of advanced statistical topics. He has advised seven honors undergraduate theses in American politics and policymaking and served on four Ph.D. dissertation committees.

Ryan received his Ph.D. in government and social policy from Harvard University. While pursuing his Ph.D., he earned an A.M. in statistics. His B.A. is from Yale University in political science and mathematics. Ryan lives in Ward 3 with his family, where he enjoys cycling the length of the Ward border on the Capital Crescent Trail.

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