Kelsey E. Gonzalez, PhD

Kelsey E. Gonzalez, PhD

Lead Data Scientist


I’m a Lead Data Scientist in the Chief Analytics Office at IBM. I currently am the Technical Lead for the Finance and Planning team where we build revenue forecasts to gauge progress towards financial targets.
Previously, I applied NLP to build recommendations for upskilling in the People Analytics domain.

I hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Arizona. My research focused on social networks, health behavior, diffusion, and communication technologies. In my PhD dissertation, I specifically studied how people search for information and rely on this information to inform their health behaviors and develop social norms, particularly during times of uncertainty. You can find some of my publications from journals like Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociological Perspectives, Journal on Migration and Human Security, and the Journal of Religion and Health below.

I am a Posit Academy Mentor, a Certified RStudio Trainer and a Carpentries instructor. You can view some of my open source teaching materials at my Youtube Channel, a sample semester-long course website or 3-day seminar materials.

Feel free to get in touch via the contact form at the bottom of this page.


  • PhD in Sociology, 2022

    University of Arizona

  • Grad Certificate in Computational Social Science, 2020

    University of Arizona

  • MA in Sociology, 2019

    University of Arizona

  • MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, and Conflict, 2015

    Trinity College, Dublin