Taylor Whitten Brown

Sociology PhD Candidate, Duke University

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Duke University (2nd year), with an MA in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MSc in evidence-based social intervention from the University of Oxford. I am currently away from my department, being hosted by INCITE at Columbia University while I conduct research in NYC.

I study cultural change, inequality, gender, and social media--with emphasis on computational methods. My MSc focused on the design and evaluation of randomized-controlled trials (@DSPI_Oxford), and my MA focused on attitudes toward and perpetration of intimate partner violence.

Before starting my PhD, I fulfilled an appointment at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC. I have also worked in international development, completed internships in Italy and in Ghana, and served in leadership positions for a number of women's organizations.  


On a personal note, I enjoy witnessing and creating art (see About Me).

I adore what I do and am immeasurably grateful to those who have guided and given me so much throughout the years. I have been been well advised by Chris Bail,  Evan Mayo-Wilson, and Jini Roby--as well as former colleagues at the NSF. Each of these individuals has uniquely contributed to my skills and writing style, as have Steve Vaisey and Jim Moody, who I now work with at Duke. I look forward to many more fruitful relationships going forward. This June, I'm helping with the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science at Princeton... join us!

I am an avid and aspiring coder, as well as a data geek. I've moved over 23 times, but I've loved (almost) every place that I've been. I come from a family of 10 kids and seven divorces. I'm pigeon-toed, exhausted by crowds, fascinated by culture and health, and frustrated by the perpetuation of gender inequality worldwide. I love to be outdoors--active and gardening. I've re(started) my rock collection, and I'm learning to drum... very slowly. 

Here is my setup:

R StudioJupyter Notebook, VIM, and Atom to clean, collect, and analyze

Google Cloud Platform to store and analyze even more

Trello to project manage

Zotero to cite

Headspace to chill

Pocket to read

Art is an important part of my life. Mostly experiencing it, but sometimes also creating. Below are a few of my photos. Connect with me on Instagram(@taywhitten)!


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United States

Bhutan and India