kathryn (katya) vasilaky


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly and Research Affiliate at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University.

My research is in experimental and development economics, as well as the intersection of data science and econometrics. In my applied work I focus on the economic development via group-based technology adoption, and gender and competition. In my methodological work I focus on bias correction methods - where the bias may be statisical, user-driven, or algorithmic.

In line with my research, I believe in making education accessible and inclusive. To this end I co-ran Pyladies NYC, taught for Girls Who Code, currently co-run PyData SLO, am a mentor for Beacon, teach for Cal Poly's EPIC, am a founding member of Cal Poly's Data Science initiative where we host free programming workshops.

I am an avid farmer, and have volunteered with WOOF in several countries; am a co-founder of Ground Truth Data, a startup that collects granular weather data; and in my past life was a professional ballet dancer with the San Francisco Ballet company.