Concentration Adviser for Mather House
David Ifkovits is a PhD candidate at Harvard’s Department of Government. He studies comparative politics and specializes in political socialization - the long term impact of formative life events on political behavior. In his dissertation, he uses quantitative methods and causal inference to identify the early-life determinants of pro-democratic beliefs, electoral participation, and partisan polarization.
He also enjoys consulting on data science projects and has previously worked for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). He has also helped develop the (free!) “Introduction to Data Science in R” HarvardX course.
Before graduate school, he worked as a business journalist in his home country Austria. He is a graduate of Vienna University of Economics and was fortunate to receive a Fulbright fellowship which allowed him to pursue graduate studies in the US.
Aside from work, you can probably find him doing one of the following things somewhere in the greater Boston area: biking on his beloved Giant road bike, hiking (though grudgingly remarking that the mountains are nothing like in Austria), hanging out with the smart and wonderful residents of Mather, or sampling one of the many great coffee shops and restaurants in “Camberville” with friends.