My work sits at the intersection of data science, sociology, language, and education research. My early research has focused on college admissions essays, and I plan to expand these findings and analyses into other social domains.
Though I have picked up many mentors along the way, my PhD experience was primarily advised by Mitchell Stevens along with anthony antonio, and Ben Domingue.
My studies are supported financially and intellectually by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF), Diversifying Academia and Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society Fellowship, the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methods (ICQCM) Spencer Scholar program, and the El Centro Graduate Scholars in Residence program.
Prior to entering academia, I was a high school teacher in Miami, FL.
Bio written in third person:
AJ Alvero is a computational sociologist at the University of Florida interested in language, race/ethnicity, culture, and education. As a founding member of the Student Narratives Lab while at Stanford University, he uses computational techniques to analyze college admissions essays and uncover the racial and socioeconomic patterns within them. He earned his PhD in Education Data Science and the Sociology of Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. During his PhD, he also earned an MS from the Department of Statistics and a Graduate Certificate in Computational Social Science. Prior to entering academia, he was a high school teacher in Miami, FL.