Short Intro. Hi! My name is Graham Henning. I'm looking to break in to the digital marketing and analytics worlds. My primary interest is in using data and analytics for effective social change.
Where Have I Been? I graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in December of 2015. In the summer of 2015 I was an intern at Lambda Legal in their Fair Courts Project, which advocates judicial diversity. My senior year I also enrolled in an advanced statistics independent study.
Where Am I Now? At CO*OP I am looking forward to learn more about SEO, SEM, Google Adwords, analytics, statistics softwares, and becoming more versed in effective marketing and analytical technologies.
Where Am I Going? I want to be an impactful and integral part of a respected tech or nonprofit company, and become an expert in operationalizing research projects.
- I am teachable.
- I work well independently and with a team.
- I am effective as an arbitrator.
1 Learning Target
I can learn to better utilize the skills and knowledge of my colleagues.
2 companies I really admire and why
As a sociology major with a proclivity for quantitive research, MDRC represents my interest in using data for effective social policy change.
FiveThirtyEight compiles data in a unique way and tells engaging stories on politics, sports, economics, culture and science. They inspire me to see what insights data can make into the world.
Let me tell you about ...
Setting the stage. The summer of my internship at Lambda Legal, I was taking notes at a conference call of lawyers in the region who work to promote judicial diversity.
The beginning. Numerous attorneys mentioned the lack of numbers and evidence of disproportionate judicial representation in U.S. circuit and district courts.
The middle. I saw an opportunity to combine skills I had learned in college with needed ammunition for the Fair Courts Project to further their goals. I self-compiled data of more than 1,300 judges and, in addition to making frequency tables, I used multiple regression, nested modeling and interaction effects tests to ascertain differences in deliberation (days between presidential nomination and senate confirmation).
The End. The analysis did show that women and non-whites are underrepresented in the judiciary, though it has been steadily improving over the past 25 years. One unanticipated result was that all judges' deliberations have significantly increased over the same time period.
Reflection. Initiating my own project provided me with needed practice with SPSS software and Lambda Legal's Fair Courts Project necessary evidence to appropriately strategize their efforts.