Jasjeet Sekhon, who conducts research in causal inference, machine learning, and experimental design, has been appointed Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Statistics and Data Science. His appointment took effect on February 20.
A member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Sekhon has applied his work to all of the social sciences, including political science, economics and epidemiology. His research focuses on methods of causal inference in observational and experimental studies and on the evaluation of social sciences, public health and medical interventions. He has studied elections, electoral behavior and public opinion in the United States, multivariate matching methods for causal inference, machine learning algorithms for irregular optimization problems, robust estimators with bounded influence functions, cost-effectiveness analysis of health, and the philosophy and history of inference. and statistics in the social sciences.
Sekhon’s current research focuses on the development of interpretable and credible machine learning methods for estimating causal relationships.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a doctorate. at Cornell University. He has extensive industry experience, including serving as the Head of Advanced Data Science at Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based asset management company.
In 2020, he arrived at Yale from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was Robson’s professor of political science and statistics. Before Berkeley, he was an associate professor at Harvard University. At Yale, he is a faculty member of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.