Brian J. Fogarty, Ph.D.

CSSR Director

Office: 1020 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574.631.6166

Brian Fogarty serves as director of the Center for Social Science Research within the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing. As the director, Fogarty works with social science researchers to support their project needs. Fogarty’s quantitative analysis expertise includes research design, advanced regression modelling, and quantitative text analysis. His current research focuses on the news media as a strategic actor in politics and as an institution within the American political system as well as perceptions of voter and electoral fraud. Before joining Notre Dame, Fogarty was a lecturer in Quantitative Social Science at the University of Glasgow’s Q-Step Centre. Prior to Glasgow, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.


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Milan Budhathoki

GIS Specialist

Office: 1020G Jenkins Nanovic Halls  
Phone: 574.631.1150

Milan Budhathoki brings geospatial skills to the Notre Dame community in research, consulting, and teaching. He is specialized in GIS analysis, spatial data management, web GIS and server applications, and remotely sensed data processing. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he worked for local and state government and in academic research in Massachusetts. He implemented a number of innovative GIS projects for the town of Brookline, including an interactive map gallery to showcase the town’s geo-physical and demographic information and also provided GIS training to the town’s staff to support better decision-making in citizen services.


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Cheng Liu, Ph.D.

Lead Data Scientist

Office: 1020J Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574.631.1168

Dr. Cheng Liu is a Data Scientist for the Center for Social Science Research and a concurrent Research Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology.  Before joining the CSSR, Dr. Liu was a Computational Scientist in the Center for Research Computing for several years. His research interests include computational modeling and data mining approaches to large-scale educational assessment data, as well as the infrastructure development of online learning and assessment systems. Dr. Liu provides statistical consultation to support social science research with modern information technology. He also seeks opportunities to collaborate on grant proposals.


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Yang Xu

Data Science Consultant

Office: 1020F Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574.631.3696

Yang Xu is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social Science Research. In 2017, he earned a master's degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Notre Dame, he worked as a civilian nuclear power engineer. In his current role, he develops Bayesian models and performs data analysis embedded with machine learning algorithms. His research interests include convolution and recurrent neural networks.



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Jessica Young

Data Science Consultant

Office: 1020I Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574.631.8025

Jessica Young is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social Science Research. She graduated summa cum laude as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar from Westfield State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics. In 2017 she completed her master's thesis entitled "Predicting Cholera Positive Cases in Haiti," graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with her M.S. in Applied Statistics. She frequently uses R and focuses on utilizing machine learning methods to solve problems.