Postdoctoral Researcher

About James Saxon

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the economics group of the Harris School, and a fellow of the Center for Spatial Data Science. I study compactness as a tool for districting reform (gerrymandering), the graph structure of American neighborhoods, and the accessibility of public resources. In practice, this means constrained clustering algorithms.

I am broadly interested in shared computational infrastructures for the social sciences, and have taught the introduction to the programming sequence for Harris MPP students.

I was trained as a particle physicist and come to Harris from the Enrico Fermi Institute, where I was an Enrico Fermi Fellow on the ATLAS Experiment on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. I previously worked on firmware and electronics for ultra-fast reconstruction of particle trajectories, and made substantial contributions to the discovery and first measurements of the Higgs Boson in the two-photon channel.

My CV is available on LinkedIn; you can also find me on GitHub.