Gonzalo Rivero

Social Science & Research Engineering


Suite 534

300 7th St SW

Washington, DC, 20024

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 director of the Data Lab of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a team tasked with “keeping Metro on the leading edge of the transit industry through applied research.” My team manages an agency-wide research portfolio, oversees data strategy and governance, and builds tools to help Metro meet its strategic goals.

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Before joining WMATA, I was the associate director of Data Labs, the computational social research team of Pew Research Center. I also worked as senior data science manager at Westat, a research services company. I started my career as statistician in the Scientific Research Group of YouGov. 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
Jun 16, 2022 New report on the political behavior of U.S. Twitter users
Nov 15, 2021 New report on the behaviors and attitudes of U.S. Twitter users