Gonzalo Rivero

Associate Director of Research @ Pew Research Center

I am a data scientist and social researcher specialized in the design, implementation, and evaluation of tools that facilitate an efficient collection of high quality social data. I use machine learning and statistical models to build rapid feedback applications and quality control systems and to enrich traditional survey data with new digital sources.

I currently serve as Associate Director of Research (Data Labs) at Pew Research Center. Previously, I managed the data science team of the Statistics and Evaluation Sciences Unit at Westat and worked as statistician at the Scientific Research Group of YouGov.

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My academic research deals with the link between public opinion and political representation, particularly in the context of digital politics. My book, Retooling Politics: How Digital Media Are Shaping Democracy, coauthored with Andreas Jungherr and Daniel Gayo-Avello, was published by Cambridge University Press.

I received my MA and Ph.D. in Politics from New York University. Before that, I graduated in Social Sciences (MA) and History (BA and MA). More information can be found in my CV.


Feb 8, 2021 I started as Associate Director of Data Labs at Pew Research Center
Dec 26, 2020 I am quoted in El País in an article about polarization in social media
Dec 1, 2020 I have been promoted to Senior Data Science Manager (Principal Statistician)!
Sep 29, 2020 The Westat issue brief on reproducibility has been published.
Sep 6, 2020 I talked to El Universal about polling for the 2020 U.S. elections