Sahil Chinoy

Hello! I’m a Ph.D. student in economics at Harvard.

Previously, I was a graphics editor at The New York Times. Before that, I studied physics and economics at UC Berkeley.

My email address is Some of my work is below.


Let Us Predict Whether You’re a Democrat or a Republican

The Racist History Behind Facial Recognition

What Happened to America’s Political Center of Gravity?

The College Dropout Crisis

We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine

How Every Member Got to Congress


Test Your Knowledge of American Incarceration

To Help Prevent the Next Big Wildfire, Let the Forest Burn

How the N.R.A. Builds Loyalty and Fanaticism

How the Midterms Made Us Feel: Afraid, Then Upset

Heat and Humidity Are a Killer Combination

A Surprisingly Simple Way to Help Level the Playing Field of College Admissions

Trump’s Growing Obsession With the ‘Witch Hunt’

Why Songs of the Summer Sound the Same

MS-13 Isn’t the Problem Trump Says It Is

What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook

The Places in the U.S. Where Disaster Strikes Again and Again

How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries


The promise of public

The rise of the campus meme

Is your U.S. representative holding a town hall in August? Probably not.

Leaving town at rush hour? Here’s how far you’re likely to get from America’s largest cities.

Extreme candidates lose because they boost the other party’s turnout, research finds

Why so many NHL and NBA teams have won back-to-back championships

Shoplifting in Chicago dropped after a change in the food stamp program

Sexual misconduct database


What does a hacker look like?

Newsprint: The Daily Cal’s print archive

Professor pay-checker

Breaking down the status of affirmative action at UC Berkeley


Guess the UC Berkeley department with the lowest grades

Crime on campus

The public trust

Super PACs, attack ads and million-dollar donors

Representative or trustee? The complex history of the UC Student Regent

Examining the electorate: ASUC voter survey