Bill Egar Ph.D.

Bill is a Data Scientist in The Lab @ DC. Coordinating with a range of local and federal law enforcement agencies, he oversees The Lab’s evaluation of DC’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center grant program. Prior to joining The Lab, Bill served on the Data Science team of a national political campaign, where he was responsible for creating a number of predictive models, analyzing evidence from field experiments, and finding ways to automate daily tasks. He also served as a Social Science Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, participating in a number of audits and social science research projects relating to such varied topics as the decision-making of SSA administrative judges, veterans’ claims for disability benefits, the impact of broadband internet access on rural demand for USPS services, and the effects of state-level election administration reforms.

Bill’s academic research interests include Congress, political history, legislative procedure, obstructionism, political parties, and elections. His dissertation focused on how collective partisan electoral incentives and electoral expectations shape the legislative behavior of the minority party in the U.S. House, and the minority party’s role in exacerbating levels of polarization measured from the roll-call record.

Bill holds a B.A. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, a MA in Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spends his free time rooting for Cleveland sports teams and trying to make the perfect smoked brisket from his home in Ward 6.

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