Hello! My name is Matt Spence, and I am a senior advisor at the US Census Bureau working on special population statistics and disclosure avoidance.

From 2016 – 2021, I was the chief of the Foreign Born Population Branch, which collects and publishes data on people born outside the United States.

Before that, I was the program lead for the Education Demographic, Geographic, and Economic Statistics (EDGE) program, which provides demographic, social, and economic characteristics on schoolchildren and their parents, and I was the director of the CCD Non-Fiscal Survey, which gathers information on all schools and school districts in the U.S. I’ve also worked in the Governments Division of the Census Bureau.

Before I joined the Census Bureau, I was a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UCLA. My dissertation research was on distributive politics: specifically, on the incidence and patterns of political manipulation of local public goods in India.

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My wife, daughters, and I currently live in the DC metro area, and we’re doing our best to explore it. Let me know if we should check somewhere out!