Gonzalo Rivero

Social Science & Research Engineering


Suite 800

1615 L St. NW

Washington, DC, 20036

I am a research scientist specialized in the collection and analysis of digital data for social research and public policy. I often write about the impact of digital tools on political representation and about research methodology.

I currently serve as the associate director of Data Labs, the computational social research team of Pew Research Center. My team uses new methods and data sources β€œto generate a foundation of facts that enrich the public dialogue.”

Vitae β†’

Before joining the Center, I worked as senior data science manager at Westat, a research services company, where I built machine learning systems to make social data collection more efficient. I started my career as statistician in the Scientific Research Group of YouGov, an online opt-in survey panel, in Palo Alto, California. I received my MA and Ph.D. in Politics from New York University.

Originally from Galicia (Spain), I am currently based in Washington, D.C.


Nov 7, 2022 Our working paper about polarization and trust has come out
Sep 30, 2022 The CEO has published my report explaining their new electoral estimation method
Jul 28, 2022 The CEO has published my code for electoral estimation in Catalonia