Assistant Professor Josh Blumenstock

Joshua Blumenstock

Assistant Professor
Alumni (PhD 2012)


Development Economics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Econometrics, ICTD


Joshua Blumenstock is an assistant professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and the director of the Data-Intensive Development Lab. His research lies at the intersection of machine learning and development economics, and focuses on using novel data and methods to better understand the causes and consequences of global poverty. At Berkeley, Joshua teaches courses in machine learning and "big data and development". Previously, Joshua was on the faculty at the University of Washington, where he led the school’s Data for Social Good initiative. He has a Ph.D. in information and an M.A. in economics from UC Berkeley and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and physics from Wesleyan University. He is a recipient of the Intel Faculty Early Career Honor, a Gates Millennium Grand Challenge award, and a Google Faculty Research Award, and the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor's Award for Public Service. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including ScienceNature, the American Economic Review, and the proceedings of KDD and AAAI.

Last updated:

March 29, 2020