About

About me, this blog and everything else.

By G. Elliott Morris / April 15, 2016



Hi, I’m Elliott.

Since February 2018 I have worked as a data journalist for The Economist. I specialize in polling, political science, elections, and predictive analytics (forecasting elections mainly, both in the United States and abroad). My work can be found online at the paper’s data journalism blog, Graphic detail, our blog on the United States, Democracy in America, the weekly printed United States section and the Graphic detail print page (which is, confusingly, different from the Daily charts we post on the Graphic detail blog).

In May 2018, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate degrees in government and history and a minor in computer science.

In the past, I worked as a survey methodology intern for the Pew Research Center and started a project to forecast elections in real time for Decision Desk HQ, and elections return start-up. I have contributed to The Upshot at the New York Times and I held various roles at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Government, The Daily Texan (UT Austin’s student newspaper), and Project Vote Smart while earning my undergraduate degree.

A laundry list of my interests is as follows: public opinion polling, American politics, data journalism, predictive modeling, Bayesian statistics, R programming, religion (esp. the intersection with politics, and esp. in the American south), political psychology, United States history (specifically the early republic), time-series analysis, nationalism, geographic polarization, survey research and probability.

I also do a small amount of academic political science research (most of which is continued from my undergraduate education), for which you can find links scattered about the research page. I’ve given a few talks about using data in political analysis (e.g. election forecasting, polling data) and would be happy to chat about visiting your class/workroom — just send me an email.

I do not offer a CV or résumé here. Instead, I invite you to contact me however you wish.

Contact me

You can email me if would like to exchange words worth me. I’m pretty receptive to notes of any length. If your inquiry takes the form of computer coder, please consider looking through my GitHub first. You can also always reach me on Twitter, a particularly insidious social media website that sucks people in, chops up their souls into little tiny bits and never lets them go.

Notable work

Aside from my writing and number-crunching for The Economist, which is indexed at this site’s writing page, here are some things I work on that I think you ought to know about:

My newsletter

politicaldata, my R package for analyzing political data in R

“Analyzing Election and Polling Data in R”, my course for DataCamp.com on teaching the tidyverse with political data

This website

I created The Crosstab while I was an undergraduate student to be a home for my data-driven work on American politics and election forecasting. It has evolved over time. Now, this series of inter-connected HTML pages and web resources is simply my personal website, but it bears the same name because I am a sucker for continuity, sentimentality and the like.

In its current form, the website is created with the R programming language using the excellent blogdown package developed by Yihui Xie. It is rendered by static site generator Hugo using a (heavily) customized version of Yihui’s own XMin theme.

More about Elliott

Elliott lives in Washington, DC with his fiancé and two cats, Bacon and Pancake. He likes to be out in nature and to exercise, but he doesn’t do nearly enough of either (especially the exercise part). Elliott prefers to write about himself in the first person.

I like reading and mostly stick to print non-fiction, mostly about politics and history, but occasionally branch out into fiction, mainly fantasy and science fiction.