Hello! I am a senior data scientist at the Safety Net Innovations Lab at Code for America, a research fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and an affiliated faculty at the KDI School of Public Policy Management (in South Korea). I hold a Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley, where I was a senior data science fellow at D-Lab.

Travel & Talks (2024)

Research agenda

I specialize in urban and local politics, racial and ethnic politics, civic engagement, and policy implementation in the U.S. I examine the formation and boundaries of race-based solidarity in American politics, investigate the status, causes, and consequences of civic inequality across America, and design human-centered technology interventions that reduce administrative burden in the U.S. safety net programs. My research agenda is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection of social, behavioral, and data sciences.

I create data-intensive research projects that support civic engagement and grassroots organizing. I co-developed the Mapping Modern Agora project, incubated at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins, that uses big data and machine learning to map the U.S. civil society at scale.

I also seek to improve how the U.S. safety net works. I frequently collaborate with government agencies, such as the state governments of California, New York, Colorado, and New Mexico, and the federal Office of Evaluation Sciences (previously known as the White House Social and Behavioral Science Policy Team). I design and implement field experimentation with these agencies and develop evidence-based best practices.

Research pipeline

My work has been published or is forthcoming in leading journals across various fields, including Nature Human Behaviour, Nature Scientific Data, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Studies in American Political Development, among others. My research has won several awards, including the 2022 Best Dissertation Award in Urban and Local Politics from APSA and the 2020 Best Paper Award in Asian Pacific American Politics from WPSA.

I am currently working on a book version of my award-winning dissertation, tentatively titled “Contingent Solidarity in Multiracial America.”



Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. “The Unequal Landscape of Civic Opportunity in America.” (Milan de Vries, Jae Yeon Kim, and Hahrie Han) Nature Human Behaviour, Online First in November 2023 [replication]

  2. “Training Computational Social Science Ph.D. Students for Academic and Non-Academic Careers.” (Aniket Kesari+, Jae Yeon Kim+, Sono Shah+, Taylor Brown+, Tiago Ventura+, and Tina Law+) PS: Political Science & Politics, Online First in September 2023 (+ = co-lead authors.) [slides]

  3. “Validated Names for Experimental Studies on Ethnicity and Race.” (Charles Crabtree, Jae Yeon Kim, S. Michael Gaddis, John B. Holbein, Cameron Guage, and William Marx) Nature Scientific Data, Online First in March 2023 [replication]

  4. “Contested Identity and Prejudice Against Co-ethnic Refugees: Evidence from South Korea.” (Jae Yeon Kim and Taeku Lee) Political Research Quarterly, 2023, 76(3), 1433-1444 [replication]

  5. “Civil Society, Realized: Equipping the Mass Public to Express Choice and Negotiate Power.” (Hahrie Han+ and Jae Yeon Kim+) The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2022, 699(1), 175-185 (+ = co-lead authors.)

  6. “Teaching Computational Social Science for All.” (Jae Yeon Kim and Margaret Ng) PS: Political Science & Politics, 2022, 55(3), 605-609

  7. “Identity and Status: When Counterspeech Increases Hate Speech Reporting and Why.” (Jae Yeon Kim, Jaeung Sim, and Daegon Cho) Information Systems Frontiers, Online First in January 2022 [replication]

  8. “COVID-19 and Asian Americans: How Elite Messaging and Social Exclusion Shape Partisan Attitudes.” (Nathan Chan, Jae Yeon Kim, and Vivien Leung) Perspectives on Politics, Online First in December 2021 [replication]

  9. “Rewiring Linked Fate: Bringing Back History, Agency, and Power.” (Reuel Rogers+ and Jae Yeon Kim+) Perspectives on Politics, Online First in December 2021 [replication] (+ = co-lead authors.)

  10. “Misinformation and Hate Speech: The Case of Anti-Asian Hate Speech During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” (Jae Yeon Kim+ and Aniket Kesari+) Journal of Online Trust and Safety, 2021, 1(1) [replication] (+ = co-lead authors.)

  11. “Integrating Human and Machine Coding to Measure Political Issues in Ethnic Newspaper Articles.” (Jae Yeon Kim), Journal of Computational Social Science, 2021, 4(2), 585-612 [replication]
    • Winner of the 2020 Western Political Science Association Don T. Nakanishi Award
  12. “How Other Minorities Gained Access: The War on Poverty and Asian American and Latino Community Organizing.” (Jae Yeon Kim), Political Research Quarterly, Online First in December 2020 [replication]

  13. “Racism Is Not Enough: Minority Coalition Building in San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver.” (Jae Yeon Kim), Studies in American Political Development, 2020, 34(2), 195-215 [replication]

Peer-reviewed conference and workshop proceedings

  1. “Intersectional Bias in Hate Speech and Abusive Language Datasets.” (Jae Yeon Kim, Carlos Ortiz, Sarah Nam, Sarah Santiago, and Vivek Datta), 2020, Proceedings of the Fourteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Data Challenge Workshop [replication]


Book projects

Edited volume book chapters

  1. “Machines Do Not Decide Hate Speech: Machine Learning, Power, and the Intersectional Approach.” (Jae Yeon Kim) In C. Strippel, S. Paasch-Colberg, M. Emmer & J. Trebbe (Eds.), Challenges and perspectives of hate speech analysis, 2022, (pp. 261-275). Digital Communication Research (open-access book series by the German Communication Association)

Research brief

  1. “The Uneven Landscape of Civic Opportunity In the United States: What We Discovered While Mapping The Modern Agora.” (Jae Yeon Kim), HistPhil, January 25, 2024

  2. “Behind the Paper: The Unequal Landscape of Civic Opportunity in America.” (Jae Yeon Kim), Springer Nature: Social Sciences Community, November 13, 2023

  3. “Episode 3.4: Race-based Coalitions in Three Chinatowns.” (Jae Yeon Kim), Scope Conditions, June 14, 2023

  4. “Thanks to Trump’s Rhetoric, Asian Americans Are Moving Toward the Democratic Party.” (Nathan Chan, Jae Yeon Kim, and Vivien Leung), Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, March 30, 2021

  5. “The Three Tales of Chinatown: Why Racism Is Not Enough to Create a Race-based Coalition among Marginalized Groups.” (Jae Yeon Kim), UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, March 29, 2021

Public writing

  1. “Good Troublemakers Are the Key to Fixing Democracy in South Korea.” (Jae Yeon Kim), Korea Pro, May 16, 2022.

  2. “Why Teaching Social Scientists How To Code Like A Professional Is Important.” (Jae Yeon Kim), UC Berkeley D-Lab, September 23, 2020

  3. “BAY-SICSS: Bridging Computational Social Scientists and Practitioners for Social Good.” (Jaren Haber, Jae Yeon Kim, and Nick Camp), Berkeley Institute of Data Science, September 15, 2020

  4. “Five Principles to Get Undergraduates Involved in Real-world Data Science Projects.” (Jae Yeon Kim), SAGE Ocean, June 24, 2020

  5. “How I Accidentally Became Interested in Data Science.” (Jae Yeon Kim), UC Berkeley D-Lab, February 24, 2020

Software development

I have developed open-source software that supports data curation.

  1. MapAgora: R package for getting tax reports, websites, and social media handles related to nonprofit organizations in the United States (with Milan de Vries)

  2. validatednamesr: R package for viewing, loading, and extracting the validated names for experimental studies on race and ethnicity datasets (with Charles Crabtree)

  3. autotextclassifier: R package for automatically classifying texts based on tidymodels (with Milan de Vries)

  4. tidytweetjson: R package for turning Tweet JSON files into a cleaned and wrangled dataset

  5. tidyethnicnews: R package for turning search results from the largest database on ethnic newspapers published in the United States (“Ethnic NewsWatch”) into a cleaned and wrangled dataset

Public datasets

  1. Validated Names for Experimental Studies on Ethnicity and Race (with Charles Crabtree, S. Michael Gaddis, John B. Holbein, Cameron Guage, and William Marx)

  2. Linked Fate Literature Review Dataset (1999-2019)

  3. Asian American and Latino Advocacy and Community Service Organizations Dataset (1868-2016)

Teaching and advising

I am an award-winning certified instructor and have taught computational social science in semester-long courses and short workshops.

I have co-authored two articles published in PS: Political Science & Politics on computational social science pedagogy and training.

  1. “Teaching Computational Social Science for All.” (with Margaret Ng)

  2. “Training Computational Social Science Ph.D. Students for Academic and Non-Academic Careers.” (with Aniket Kesari, Sono Shah, Taylor Brown, Tiago Ventura, and Tina Law) [Slides]

I also wrote an open-access textbook for computational methods titled “Computational Thinking for Social Scientists.”

Community building

I love learning from other people who share similar research interests and building interdisciplinary communities. I have developed a large and growing network of collaborators across social sciences and engineering. I also have close relationships with several research labs across institutions: Johns Hopkins SNF Agora Institute’s P3 Lab (PI: Hahrie Han), Harvard Kennedy School’s Civic Power Lab (PI: Elizabeth McKenna), UCLA’s Race, Ethnicity, Politics, & Society (REPS) Lab (PI: Efrén Pérez), and Georgetown McCourt School’s Better Government Lab (PI: Donald Moynihan, Pamela Herd, and Sebastian Jilke).

I have contributed to expanding the field of computational social science in both the U.S. and South Korea. I co-organized the first partner location of the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) in the Bay Area (2020, co-hosted by UC Berkeley and Stanford) and South Korea (2022, co-hosted by KAIST and KDI School). I currently serve on the advisory board of SICSS. I have also served on panels on data science career paths at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).