Liberty Vittert

Professor of Practice of Data Science

Liberty Vittert

Liberty Vittert

Dr. Liberty Vittert, PhD, is a Professor of the Practice of Data Science at the Olin Business School at the Washington University in St. Louis and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University and MIT as well as being the Feature Editor of the Harvard Data Science Review and co-host of the Harvard Data Science Review podcast. She is also the host of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) data science podcast “Data Nation”. She is a faculty scholar at the Institute of Public Health and on the Data and Technology working group for MD Anderson for the Lancet. She is a graduate of MIT as well as Le Cordon Bleu Paris and the University of Glasgow.

She is the resident on-air statistician for News Nation and her OpEd pieces have been featured in Fox News Channel, Popular Science, US News, Newsweek, Business Insider, International Business Times, CBS News, MarketWatch, Boston Globe, The Hill and The Conversation. She is the on-air statistician for the Discovery Channel show "Strange Evidence" and “Mission Unexplained. In 2022, she was named one of the top 50 undergraduate business school professors in the United States by Poets and Quants. Liberty is the senior data scientist for Decisions Desk HQ, analyzing and calling elections nationwide as well as the on-air personality for DDHQ.

As a Royal Statistical Society Ambassador, BBC Expert Woman, and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, Liberty writes popular science books on data. She is also an Associate Editor for the Harvard Data Science Review and is on the board of USA for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as well as the HIVE, a UN Refugee Agency data initiative for refugees. She is on the International Advisory Council of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the investment committee of Sibley Hospital of Johns Hopkins.


  • Ph D 2015, University of Glasgow
  • Diplome de Patisserie et Cuisine de Base 2011, Le Cordon Bleu Paris
  • BSc 2010, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic/Professional Activities

Editor, Associate Editor

Selected Publications

  • "3d computational imaging with single-pixel detectors", Science, Issue 6134, 844-847, with Baoqing Sun, Matthew Edgar, Richard Bowman, Stuart Welsh, A. Bowman, MJ Padgett, 2013
  • "Statistical models for manifold data with applications to the human face", Annals of Applied Statistics, with Adrian Bowman, Stanislav Katina
  • "Ocean acidification and temperature increase impact mussel shell shape and thickness: problematic for protection?", Ecology and Evolution, Issue 21, 4875-4884, with Susan Fitzer, Adrian Bowman, Nicholas Kamenos, Vernon Phoenix, Maggie Cusak, 2015
  • "The definitions of three-dimensional landmarks on the human face: an interdisciplinary view", Journal of Anatomy, Issue 3, 355-365, with Stanislav Katine, Kathryn McNeil, Ashraf Ayoub, Brendan Guilfoyle, Balvinder Khambay, Paul Siebert, Frederico Sukno, Mario Rojas, John Waddington, Paul Whelan, Adrian Bowman, 2016


Liberty Vittert