Posts from Appalachia

TSA Throughput with Scraping html Tables

I saw one of the smartest people I e-know (the one and only @hrbrmstr) post TSA’s daily airline passenger traffic numbers circa March …

How is this different from the last recession?

Someone well-meaning asked me why I thought the current economic crisis might be different from the last recession, and why might we …

Tracking COVID-19 in Ohio's Counties

The New York Times is releasing a series of data files with cumulative counts of coronavirus cases in the United States, at the state …

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Filed in Ohio's Counties

A few weeks ago I was grumbling about the state not releasing the weekly county-level initial and continued unemployment insurance …

Internet Access in Ohio's Census Tracts



Ohio University

About me

I am a professor of leadership and public affairs at Ohio Universty’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. I work on grant-funded and contracted research in the domains of public health, education, and social services, for the most part. I teach introductory and advanced data analytics in our Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs (in all three formats the MPA is offered in), and have taught undergraduate and graduate statistics courses for Plant Biology, Economics, and Commmunication Studies. My cv can be found here.


  • Data analytics and visualization
  • Public health
  • Program evaluation


  • PhD in Political Science, 1999

    SUNY at Stony Brook (NY)

  • MA in Economics, 1993

    University of New Hampshire (NH)

  • BA in Economics, 1989

    University of Mumbai, Mumbai (India)