As you may well have guessed, my name is Andy Reagan. I'm a father to three little people, Olson, Abel, and Etta Reagan, a husband to Samantha Spisiak, and a Senior Data Scientist in MassMutual's Data Science Program. I am based in Amherst, MA, where I lead projects in Data Science's Risk and Product Domain and serve as a mentor to members of the Data Science Development Program.
I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Vermont studying Applied Mathematics with a focus on Complex Systems, working with Dr. Chris Danforth and Dr. Peter Dodds in the very fun and totally awesome Computational Story Lab, a part of Complex Systems Center at UVM. Back in 2011, I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, and in 2013 was awarded my Master's Degree at UVM, on my way to the Ph.D.
My research focuses on studying sociotechnical systems through a big data lens. My published work includes comparing methods for sentiment analysis, and building novel visualizations to explore complex systems at the population scale (see hedonometer.org, panometer.org, teletherm.org). Among other things, I developed and teach a course in Data Visualization in the Masters of Information and Data Science program at UC Berkeley (our current course is here, previous version here).