Nicholas Datto is a Public Policy and Political Science double major with an added minor in African and African American Studies. Throughout his time at Duke, Nicholas has pursued his passion for data-driven social justice work by contributing to multiple different research projects through the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. His past work has investigated the intersections between race and housing in Durham, NC, the relationship between unemployment insurance regime and COVID-19 case rates nationally, Community Land Trusts, and health/wealth gradients. Raised in Chapel Hill, NC, Nicholas has also been deeply involved with local politics, running field operations across multiple local and state-level campaigns. During his summers, Nicholas furthered his academic interests through Duke’s Data+ program and the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Social Impact Fellowship. After graduation, Nick plans on attending law school to pursue public interest law with a focus on evictions and housing policy.
Honors Thesis: Net Impact: The Relationship Between Internet Access and Voter Turnout across U.S. Elections and Parties
Faculty Advisor: Dean Judith Kelley