Data Scientist & US politics expert

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Paul Verhagen is a data scientist at HCSS, and holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Amsterdam University College majoring in theoretical physics and philosophy. Paul has attended exchange programs in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Prior to joining HCSS, Paul interned at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked on global cyber capacity.

At HCSS, Paul focuses on bridging the qualitative-quantitative divide between data scientists and policy makers. Some of his previous data work is oriented around tech mining, (social) flow networks, and geo-political risk assessment.

On the content side Paul focuses his attention on the nexus of data, technology and (geo)political power, including 5G and AI. In addition, he has worked on trade related issues including the China-US trade war and Iranian sanctions.

Finally, Paul is a domain expert on US presidential politics and author of Het Amerikaanse Presidentschap, which looks at the institution of the American presidency. He is a frequent media commentator on US politics.