Dhrumil Mehta is an Associate Professor in Data Journalism at Columbia University and Assistant Director of the Tow Center.
Prior to arriving at Columbia, he was a Database Journalist at FiveThirtyEight, where he built and maintained databases that powered the organization’s political coverage. He was also a writer and reporter for the site, focusing on public opinion, media and elections. Dhrumil also built and helped to maintain FiveThirtyEight’s open data repositories, which make the datasets behind FiveThirtyEight’s coverage available to the public and are frequently used by journalists and researchers.
In addition to his work at Columbia, Dhrumil also designed and teaches a course called Programming and Data for Policymakers at the Harvard Kennedy School where he is a Visiting Associate Professor in Public Policy. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University where he focused on artificial intelligence and natural language processing.