Clint Swift
Data Specialist

My passion is in leveraging data tools to answer important questions and solve pressing problems. I specialize in advanced statistical analysis and visualization. Enthusiastic about expanding my knowledge and sharing with others.

About Me

A proven professional with passion for discovering data-driven solutions

I am a data specialist, author, and political scientist currently working for VoteShield to help monitor and secure America's voting infrastrucutre. My academic research has focused on using data to answer important questions about the functioning of our political institutions and the potential for broad-based consensus and collaboration. I have led data-driven research projects in the non-profit, public and private sectors and have extensive experience communicating complicated statistical methods and results to audiences with various levels of data literacy.

I am a fundamentally curious person, committed to pursuing discovery with integrity and compassion. I believe that through knowledge we can build better appreciation of each other and the world we live in. In addition to data analysis and political science, I enjoy playing and watching soccer, reading science fiction and spending time with my brilliant partner and our 2 dogs.

Education

Skills


Project Design

Expertise in all aspects of project design; from conceptualization and data collection to analysis and reporting.


Statistical Analysis

Knowledge of state-of-the-art statistical methodologies, their applications and uses.


Data Visualization

Attractive and intuitive data visualizations using the most modern tools and software (ggplot, plotly, Tableau, Domo).

Communicating Results & Methods

Extensive experience relaying advanced methods and results to audiences with various levels of data literacy


Analytical Programming Proficiency

I have extensive experience with various statistical programming software and languages, allowing me to seamlessly integrate into existing analytical infrastructure.

STATA
R
Python
SPSS
SAS
SQL

Experience

Working Towards Greater Knowledge and Understanding through Rigorous and Objective Data Analysis
VoteShield (remote)
Election Data Analyst: Actively monitored voter rolls and absentee/mail-in ballot records for potential malicious and/or unlawful changes. Used advance statistical analyses to identify and target problematic patterns. Assessed the effects of different policies on election administration and made recomendations to our legal strategists and policy advocates. Communicated results with our state partners, including election administrators, academics, and other organizations.
The University of the South (Sewanee, TN)
Visiting Assistant Professor: Conducted data-driven academic research focused on how legislative institutional arrangements can promote or discourage different patterns of collaboration. Presented findings at professional conferences and/or published in top peer-reviewed academic journals. Directed undergraduate students in conducting original data-driven honors research. Designed and taught courses in American Politics, Public Policy, and Data Analysis.
Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy (Columbia, MO)
Dissertation Fellow: Designed,conducted and presented original research on the consequences of particular institutional arrangements on patterns of collaboration in American state legislative chambers.
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Teaching and Research Assistant: Conducted discussion sections and short lectures, at the direction of supervising faculty. Met with undergraduate students individually and in groups to review important course materials.
Institute for Social Research (Sacramento, CA)
Graduate Ressearch Assistant: Engaged in survey instrument design and administration on a broad range of projects. Oversaw the management of the Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) lab. Wrote and revised reports, summarizing methods and findings of various projects for delivery to both public and private sector clients.

Selected Projects

Portfolio 1

AllEconomicsIsLocal

We introduce a novel estimation procedure called the spatial-X ordered logit (SLX-OL) that offers the chance to model how voters’ evaluations respond to changes in contextualized economic information. Read More

Portfolio 1

BallotShield

BallotShield is a prototype absentee and mail-in ballot monitoring and reporting platform, that was launched in five states (FL, GA, IA, MI and PA) during the 2020 election. More Soon

Portfolio 1

CEDA

The California Elections Data Archive (CEDA) compiles all state and local election results into one accessible source for researchers and public agencies.Read More

Portfolio 1

CommitteeMatching

I demostrate how "good" committee assignments translate into "good" legislating using an original data source and measurement strategy.Read More

Portfolio 1

TermLimits

Using data on bill cosponsorship from 41 states (82 chambers), we demonstrate that term limits reduce bipartisan cosponsorship even when controlling for average legislative tenure.Read More

Portfolio 1

VoteShield

VoteShield is a platform designed to protect the integrity of U.S. elections by placing a virtual security camera on voter registration databases to detect anomalous activity in voter data.Read More

Portfolio 1

WomenLegislating

We find that female legislators are more collaborative than men, and that this collaborative advantage is greater in chambers where women are systematically excluded from positions of influence.More Soon