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Ben Wechtenhiser

I am a student in the Master of Science in Quantitative Economics program at the University of Pittsburgh. I also have a bachelor's degree from Pitt in political science and economics. I previously conducted independent research under faculty supervision where I used R to analyze county-level election and census data and create measures of polarization trends in American politics. I have also held positions as an undergraduate research assistant in political science research and as an undergraduate teaching assistant in economics. My interests involve using economics and data analysis to better understand political and social phenomena. Outside of academic life, I am an operations manager and facility attendant for Campus Recreation here at Pitt. I am also an avid runner and member of the Club Running team.