Jeffrey N. Carroll, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Data & Society (D&S), a faculty collaboration among the computer, mathematical, and social sciences whose mission is to investigate how data and information can be best used to understand the communities in which we live. D&S's programs are comprised of 9 distinct major programs and 13 minor programs that include the Minor in Data Studies for Social Good (DSSG). Jeffrey was recently appointed to a three year term as the First Vice President of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association.
Jeffrey's scholarly interests lie in American Politics with special attention to urban affairs, social geography, and civic engagement. He has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally with his most recent work focusing squarely on race and political inequality in American political institutions. Other projects delve into the political geography of Philadelphia's voters, PA state and local public policy, and the (under)development of American democratic institutions with his long-time colleague, Dr. David Contosta. Jeffrey's work has been published in Journal of Political Science Education, Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Commonwealth: Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, Pennsylvania Geographer, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal and has been featured in national media outlets such as The New York Times and Newsweek and numerous regional outlets like the Philadelphia Citizen and Philadelphia Hall Monitor.
Other recent public facing activities include "Beatlab" (Philadelphia's first hip-hop centric music studio that fosters messages of social justice), a political affairs podcast, a student-led radio show on politics and mental health, and initiatives that seek to bolster civic understanding and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jeffrey is also co-founder of Urbicus LLC, a Philadelphia based non-partisan government relations firm that specializes in research, public relations, training for current and aspiring elected officials and helping communities navigate local government. Jeffrey played a key role in political campaigns for a number of state and local offices including: PA House and Senate, Philadelphia City Council, Court of Common Pleas, and City Commissioner.