Lori Bougher, PhD

Office Phone
169 Nassau Street
Director of Research and Strategy

Lori Bougher oversees the initiative's research and technical activities through the supervision of its research and technical staff and management of its data resources, grant program, fellowships, campus outreach, and research software engineering partnerships. Working closely with the DDSS Director, she develops, maintains, and advances the initiative's strategic vision for new programs, collaborations, support resources, infrastructure development, and platforms for researcher engagement.

She joined DDSS as a senior researcher and was previously the data and statistical analyst with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. She also held the positions of associate research scholar and postdoctoral research associate with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics

Lori is an applied social scientist, having published in political science and psychology, including co-authoring Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction in Stata with Kosuke Imai. She holds a PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge and a dual Master’s of Public Administration in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics (Distinction) and Columbia University, specializing in applied economics and advanced policy analysis.

She earned her undergraduate degree and worked for the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds a certificate in data law, policy, and regulation from the London School of Economics.