Patrick Rafail

I am an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Tulane University. I completed my PhD in sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. I also hold a BA in sociology and an MA in sociology and social statistics from McGill University.

I am a computational social scientist with substantive research interests in social movements/collective behavior, policing, social control, and complex organizations. Methodologically, I work on problems using Bayesian methods, semiparametric analysis, natural language processing, and machine learning.

I am currently working on projects tracing the rise, evolution, and decline of the Tea Party, fatal police shootings, and the spatio-temporal dynamics of crime in New Orleans.