Dr Kelly Gleason is the former Data Science Lead for the Modern Slavery Programme at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research. In this role, she worked on building online knowledge tools that encourage evidence-based policy decision-making by translating data and promoting scientific literacy in relation to modern slavery, forced labour, child labour and human trafficking.
Dr Gleason's previous research focused on the measurement and estimation of conflict, including civil war onset and recurrence, ethnic rioting, and terrorist group network analysis, and the visualization and communications of complex data in various substantive areas.
Prior to joining the Centre for Policy Research, she served as a data analytics associate in research and development at University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, building and maintaining digital platforms for Chicago Public School statistics.
During her graduate studies, Dr Gleason examined the impact of constitutional ethnic party bans on reducing intensity of lower-level conflict. She employed measurement modeling strategies as well as machine-learning techniques.
She obtained her doctorate and Master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She gained additional training in quantitative research methodology and computer science through the InterUniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at University of Michigan where she became an instructor, training graduate students in advanced quantitative methods and statistical programming languages.